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Dr Afia Ali
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

I completed my medical degree at UCL and then went on to complete my core training in psychiatry on the UCL/ North London training scheme, and then higher specialty training in the psychiatry of intellectual disabilities, which I completed in 2013. In 2008 I completed an MSc on Psychiatric Research at UCL and a PhD in 2013, which was funded by the Medical Research Council (Clinical training fellowship). I was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in intellectual disabilities at UCL in September 2014. I am an honorary consultant psychiatrist for people with intellectual disabilities at the Waltham Forest Community Learning Disability Service

Research Summary

My research interests include exploring the impact of stigma and discrimination on the wellbeing of people with intellectual disability. During my MSc I developed a questionnaire measuring self-reported stigma in people with intellectual disability. As part of my PhD, I completed a project that investigated the relationship between self reported stigma and a number of health outcomes, including psychological distress, quality of life, service use and adherence to treatment. Also as part of my PhD, I explored the barriers that prevented people with intellectual disability and their carers from accessing health services.

I am currently running a feasibility randomised controlled trial on individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in people with dementia and Intellectual disability.

Teaching Summary

I am the module lead for the MSc module on "Current Research in Intellectual and developmental Disabilities  which is part of the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences and Mental Health Sciences Research.

I also lecture undergraduate medical students at UCL on intellectual disability and teach on the MRCPsych course.

Academic Background
2008   Master of Science University College London
2002   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University College London
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