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Dr Vaughan Bell
Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I completed a PhD in cognitive neuropsychiatry before completing a DClinPsy in clinical psychology and I believe that psychological, neurological and social approaches are all essential in understanding humans and their difficulties.


I'm now a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist and I mainly worked in clinical posts in mental health and neurorehabilitation before returning to academia here at UCL which I combine with a clinical appointment at the Maudsley Hospital in South London.


I currently have the privilege of doing three things:


  • Teaching and supervising MSc students, PhD students and trainee clinical psychologists. In particular, I work on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research where I'm a lecturer and deputy course director
  • Conducting research to better understand mental health problems and neurological difficulties here at UCL
  • Working clinically with people with psychosis, where I specialise in working with people who have cognitive and neurological difficulties alongside delusions and hallucinations
Research Summary

My current research largely focuses on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of psychosis and social cognition. I'm particularly interested in the question of why psychosis typically involves the experience of illusory social agents (e.g. hallucinated people or other identities) and what this tells us about social cognition in all of us. This is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Teaching Summary

I've had some brilliant teachers and mentors during my career and now I'm in the position of being able to pass on some of the knowledge and experience I have gained to others, which is something I am both passionate about and something I thoroughly enjoy.


As noted above, I'm deputy course director for the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research and I teach across the course. I'm also one of the leads for the postgraduate module Neuroscience in Mental Health.

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