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Prof Angela Hassiotis Dr Katrina Scior Dr Andre Strydom  Dr Afia Ali

We are a team of professionals from a range of disciplines, with psychiatry and clinical psychology at the core.

Research Staff

Dr Rory Sheehan

Dr Sheehan is an NIHR Research Fellow in intellectual disability. His major research interest is in psychotropic medication use. Dr Sheehan’s current work involves developing and testing a method of medication optimisation for people with intellectual disability.

Dr Carla Startin

My research interests focus on individual differences in dementia profiles, cognitive abilities and neural activity in people with Down syndrome, and factors influencing these differences. I am particularly interested in the influence of the immune system and genetic associations.

Dr Tamara Al-Janabi

Tamara is the study co-ordinator for the LonDownS study and her interests are in cognition, neurodevelopmental disorders and genetics. She is particularly interested in epigenetic processes in Down syndrome.

Julie Baah

Julie is a research assistant at UCL. Under the supervision of Katrina Scior, she is working on a project to develop social media resources as means to disseminate work focused on challenging intellectual disability stigma.

PhD/DClinPsy Research Students

Winnie Chege

Winnie is a trainee on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at UCL. For her thesis, she will be investigating how to combat stigma/prejudice associated with intellectual disabilities in Kenya, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

Sophie Colman

Sophie is a trainee on UCL's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. For her thesis, she is developing a measure to assess the extent to which individuals with intellectual disabilities internalise stigma, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

Dr Kalpana Dein

Kalpana is a consultant forensic psychiatrist. She is an MD student and her work is on the epidemiology of Asperger syndrome in medium secure units across the UK under the supervision of Angela Hassiotis.

Kristina Fenn

Kristina is a trainee on UCL's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. For her thesis, she is assessing the feasibility of delivering a new psychosocial intervention designed to enhance the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist stigma, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

Sophie FitzGerald

Sophie is a trainee on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at UCL. For her thesis, she is investigating the feasibility of a direct contact interventions for children with and without intellectual disabilities, under the supervision of Katrina Scior. This study is run in partnership with the Royal Mencap Society.

Richard Grove

As part of his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Richard is examining the relationship between self-reported attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities and actual behaviour in secondary school pupils, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

Sarah Hamburg

Sarah is measuring resting-state brain activity in people with Down syndrome to investigate how EEG characteristics relate to cognition and cognitive decline for her PhD, supervised by Andre Strydom and Carla Startin.

Rosalyn Hithersay

Rosalyn’s PhD will firstly investigate attitudes towards participating in brain imaging research with adults with Down syndrome and their carers. She will then assess the feasibility of using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in older adults with Down syndrome to identify differences in cortical blood flow that may relate to cognitive decline”

Natasha Mitter

As part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Natasha is studying the experience of affiliate stigma among families in the UK who have a child with intellectual disabilities. She is particularly interested in comparing differences in stigma experiences between White and South Asian families. This study is supervised by Katrina Scior and Afia Ali.

Deborah Odukoya

Deborah is a trainee clinical psychologist at UCL. For her thesis, Deborah is examining effective ways of challenging the stigma associated with intellectual disabilities in Nigeria, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

Victoria Ratti

Victoria is a research assistant on the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) study and a PhD student within the Division of Psychiatry. For her PhD she is investigating the relationship between the care environment and challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities, and specifically whether providing care in a person-centred manner, encouraging autonomy, choice and communication is related to the occurrence of challenging behaviour. Her hypothesis is that those individuals who receive higher levels of person-centred support delivered by paid carers will be less likely to display severe challenging behaviour and a negative correlation is expected between these variables. Her project involves a mixed methods approach combining quantitative questionnaires and observations.


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