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The CIDDR Team

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

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

Research Staff

Emma Brown

Emma Brown

Emma is a Research Assistant developing and evaluating individual Cognitive Stimulaiton Therapy for people with intellectual disability and dementia. Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST) is a cognitive intervention delivered by carers at home. This project is led by Dr Afia Ali and funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.

Laurie Poole

Laurie Poole

Laurie is a Research Assistant working on the CONTEST / STORM project. STORM (short for 'Standing up for Myself') is a new psychosocial group intervention designed to enhance the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist the stigma which they often face within their communities and wider society. This project is led by Dr Katrina Scior and funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. 

Vicki Ratti

Victoria Ratti

Victoria has been working with Professor Angela Hassiotis on various projects. She is currently the project manager of the Intensive Support Teams-ID (IST-ID) study, which is funded by the NIHR. The study aims to map and evaluate the effectiveness of intensive support teams for adults with intellectual disabilites and challenging behaviour in England.

Lisa Richardson

Lisa Richardson

Lisa is a research associate and the project coordinator for the CONTEST / STORM project.  This project is led by Dr Katrina Scior and funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.

Rory Sheehan

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.

 

Holly Wake

Holly is a Research Assistant on the EPICC-ID trial. This project, led by Professor Angela Hassiotis is a RCT investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of a parent mediated psychological intervention (Stepping Stones Triple P) in reducing challenging behaviour in pre-schoolers with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities.

Amy Walsh

Amy Walsh

Amy is a Research Assistant on the Intensive Support Team-ID (IST-ID) research project funded by the National Institute of Health Research and led by Professor Angela Hassiotis. The project aims to identify and evaluate services across England that provide intensive support for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

PhD/DClinPsy Research Students

Winnie Chege

Winnie Chege

Winnie is investigating how to combat stigma/prejudice associated with intellectual disabilities in Kenya as part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, under the supervision of Katrina Scior. See a summary of her work on our intellectual disability stigma blog.

Sophie Colman

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.

Rebecca Cooper


Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is studying the longer term outcomes of the Standing up for Myself (STORM) intervention as part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

 

Nadia Dandan

Nadia  is evaluating the impact of 'Learn with Us', a new film based training intervention, on staff in learning disability services as part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is particularly interested in examining if Learn with Us affects empathy and partnership with family carers as well as choice/best interests. This research is supervised by Katrina Scior, Henrik Lynggaard and Clare Palmer and run in close partnership with Islington Family Carers and Center 404.

Kristina Fenn


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 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.

Natasha Mitter

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 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.

Vicki Ratti

Victoria Ratti

Victoria is 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.


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