UCL Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research
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Core Staff

The CIDDR Team


Angela


Katrina


Andre


Dr Afia Ali
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

Aseel Hamid

Aseel is a Research Assistant working on an international scoping review of intellectual disability stigma under the supervision of Katrina Scior. She is also involved in a project aimed at engaging people with intellectual disabilities in identifying priority areas for research with Katrina Scior and Angela Hassiotis.

Dr Rory Sheehan

Dr Sheehan is an Academic Clinical Fellow in intellectual disability. He is carrying out a project exploring the prescribing patterns of psychotropics in people with intellectual disabilities who have mental health problems or challenging behavior. This project is based on a data from a primary care database. He is also interested in dementia research in people with intellectual disabilities.

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.

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.


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.


Samjib Ghosh

Samjib is a psychiatry trainee, working on a secondary analysis of the Prison Psychiatric Morbidity Survey to identify factors associated with imprisonment of people with learning disabilities, under the supervision of Angela Hassiotis and Andre Strydom.

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.

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”

Elizabeth Kock Elizabeth is a trainee counselling psychologist  who is completing her doctoral study on the impact of diagnosis on relationships and the family life of women with Asperger's Syndrome at Middlesex University, under the supervision of Andre Strydom. 

Hayley Marwood

Hayley studies the experiences of therapists who provide therapy for people with intellectual disabilities as part of the NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme), as part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. She is supervised by Katrina Scior and Deborah Chinn.

Patricia Mazure

As part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Patricia is developing and evaluating ways of tackling negative attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities among secondary school pupils, under the supervision of Katrina Scior.

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 tudy is supervised by Katrina Scior.

Sanjay Nelson
Sanjay is a psychiatry trainee. His MSc project is a mixed methods study on service user experiences of attending acute and secondary care, under the supervision of Angela Hassiotis.

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.

Karen Pooh

As part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Karen is examining implicit and explicit attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities among lay people in Singapore, under the supervision of Katrina Scior. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr Michael Patterson, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and Dr Kenneth Poon, National University of Singapore. 

Maria Qureshi

As part of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Maria is piloting an intervention to increase positive attitudes in primary school children towards peers with learning and social and communication difficulties. She is supervised by Katrina Scior and Professor Norah Frederickson.

Victoria Ratti

Victoria is currently 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 care delivered by paid carers will be less likely to display severe challenging behaviour and a negative correlation is expected between these variables.

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