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Dr Joshua Stott
1-19 Torrington Place
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  • Principal Clinical Tutor
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Associate Professor
  • Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology with a funded research programmefocussing on the areas detailed in my research summary. I am an experienced supervisor of PhD, MSc and, particularly, Clinical Psychology Doctoral projects (DClinPsys). I am director of the UCL ADAPT lab (https://www.adaptlab.net/).

I am also Clinical Director of the UCL Clinical Psychology Doctorate (DClinPsy) with overallresponsibility for the practice based learning elements of the largest training course for clinical psychologistsin the country. I am an HCPC registeredClinical Psychologist and experienced clinician with 13 years of post-qualificationclinical practice working with people affected by dementia. I have developedservices, supervised numerous trainee, assistant and qualified clinicalpsychologists in their clinical practice and edited a book on systemicpsychotherapy with older people. I am an honorary consultant clinical psychologist leading a clinic offering psychological support to people with rare dementias in the Dementia Research Centre. I am also a BABCP accredited cognitivebehavioural therapist and have a post graduate diploma in clinicalneuropsychology.

Research Summary

My research programme is grounded in clinical practice and focuses on understanding psychological processes in ageing and dementia and developing appropriately adapted psychological interventions. I am director of the UCL ADAPT lab current projects can be found on the ADAPT lab website (https://www.adaptlab.net/). My research interests are broad but focussed on three main areas

Psychosocial interventions to improve quality of life in people with dementia and their carers

I have developed and evaluated a number of in person psychosocial interventions as well as online packages to support people with dementia and their carers and reduce the distress they experience. I have a number of grant funded projects related to this interest. These include a project as England PI on a large NIHR funded randomised control trial looking at the World Health Organisation’s online tool for dementia carers, iSupport (project led by Prof Windle in Bangor) as well as lead roles on  two NIHR follow on projects adapting iSupport for South Asian Carers (project co-lead) and supplementing it with a physical health application (England PI). have a particular interest in supporting people with less common causes of dementia as these are often not properly diagnosed, and when they are, services are unsure how to help people living with these conditions or their carers. Starting in April 2023, I will lead an NIHR programme grant that will test several different digitally provided support packages for people living with and caring for people with these rarer dementias.

Using secondary data to understand healthcare outcomes

I lead and collaborate on several projects related to this. In one of these, the MODIFY project which I co-lead with Prof Marcus Richards we have created a big data resource (n=2 million) of psychological therapy outcomes data for people with anxiety or depression who also have a comorbid physical health condition. This dataset has wide ranging potential for examining psychological therapy outcomes in people with comorbid health problems.  I have used it to conduct the first studies looking at whether effective psychological therapy may lead to reduced future risk of later dementia and heart disease as well as whether people living with dementia can benefit from routinely provided psychological therapy. Related to this I also collaborate with Prof Steve Pilling, the CORE datalab and the North Central and East London (NCEL) Iapt research network in understanding IAPT outcomes and services using IAPT data from within the NCEL region (n=c. 300,0000).  Separately, I have an interested in autism and ageing. In the AUDIT-50 project, which I lead with Prof Will Mandy, we have used GP records to identify the huge underdiagnosis of autism in older adults in the UK and we have also collaboratied with Exeter and Kings universities to add autistic trait measures to the ongoing PROTECT cohort and create a dataset for studying the longitudinal trajectories and mental health consequences of high autistic traits in older people (n= approx. 10000, 20 year follow up). 

Mental health and social variables as dementia risk factors

Through the MODIFY project, fellowships I supervise and funded PhD work, I have led a number of projects related to this. These include mendelian randomisation studies examining the causality of dementia risk factors, work examining the biological mediators of the  relationship between  depression and dementia and a number of meta-analyses examining dementia risk factors (e.g., the association of living alone and positive mental health witih future dementia)

Teaching Summary

As clinical director I lead a partnership with the NHS to deliver placement based learning for the 230 Clinical Psychology Trainees on the UCL DClinPsy. I also teach on a variety of  DClinPsy modules including sessions on general clinical skills training, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic therapy, neuropsychology ageing and mental health and dementia. I jointly coordinate teaching related to older adults and systemic practice. 

01-SEP-2018 Clinical Director Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2010   Postgraduate Diploma University of Nottingham
2003   Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Royal Holloway
1998   Bachelor of Science University of Nottingham
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