UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Stephen Butler

Dr Stephen Butler



  • Senior Lecturer
    Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Research Themes

My research interests are primarily around trying to understand the mental health adjustment of young people and their families, and to evaluate interventions designed to help them. I supervise a wide range of DCLinPsy theses in the area of child clinical psychology and, as detailed below, am involved in RCT evaluations of MST in the UK, a gold standard treatment for adolescent antisocial behaviour developed in the U.S. and now being evaluated and disseminated in the UK and across Europe. Finally, I am currently developing a scale of measuring antisocial beliefs and attitudes in young people and investigating the impact of cultural values such as materialism on their behaviour.  

Award year Qualification Institution
2000 MA
Master of Arts
History of Art
Courtauld Institute of Art
1987 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Clinical Psychology
University of Ottawa
1981 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Trent University, Peterborough Ontario
1980 BA
Bachelor of Arts
Trent University, Peterborough Ontario

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL and and a Co-investigator and Project Co-ordinator for two randomised control trials of multi-systemic therapy (MST) led by Professor Peter Fonagy at UCL and funded by the Department of Health and Department of Education. These RCTs are the START and STEPS-B MST trials, one a large multi-site trial investigating the impact of MST on antisocial behaviour and the second studying the effectiveness of MST on intervening with problem-sexual behaviour in adolescents. My interest in MST has grown out of my broader experience as a scientist-practitioner working with young people and families in Canada and the UK, especially where young people show serious problems with antisocial behaviour, as well as leading the evaluation of the first study of MST in the UK carried out at the Brandon Centre in London. Finally, I am a Co-Lead for UCL for Children and Young People-Improving Access to Psychology Therapies (CY-IAPT) initiative, a government funded program designed to improve the quality and breadth of evidence-based services available to young people and their families in the UK.