Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
I am a Senior Lecturer in the
Research Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology. I am also Academic Director of the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy).
I teach on the DClinPsy, and also on UCL's MSc Research Methods in Psychology and BSc Psychology. I supervise research students at postgraduate (mainly DClinPsy and PhD) and occasionally undergraduate level.
In the past I worked for many years with children, young
people and adults with intellectual disabilities as part of multi-disciplinary
My research in the intellectual disability field is focused on stigma.
My group's research seeks to advance our understanding of negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and to identify what makes for effective interventions in reducing intellectual disability stigma in different social and cultural contexts.
1. Stigma associated with intellectual disability
My group studies processes involved in intellectual disability stigma in a range of social and cultural contexts. We are developing and examining methods of studying intellectual disability stigma, such as explicit and implicit attitudes, and the relationship between these and real life behaviour.
2. Interventions aimed at tackling negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination faced by people with intellectual disabilitiesand their families
We are developing and testing interventions designed to raise awareness of intellectual disability and tackle stigma among children and adults in the general population, with an emphasis on multimedia and digital interventions as potential contributors to broader attitude change programmes.
International work: We are working with partners in Nigeria and Kenya to identify suitable methods to combat the intense stigma experienced by people with intellectual disabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are currently developing and evaluating a psychosocial group intervention designed to enhance the capacity of people with intellectual disabilities to manage and resist stigma (Contest). The Contest study is funded by the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund.