Dr Katrina Scior


Personal Profile

Name: Katrina Scior Email: k.scior@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: 2076791845
Department: Clinical, Educational & Hlth Psychology Fax: 2079161989
Position: Senior Lecturer Address: 1-19 Torrington Place, , London, WC1E 6HB
Research Domain: Global Health, Human Wellbeing, Neuroscience Web Page:  


Research Description

My research is mainly focussed on societal responses and health service provision relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Four core themes in current and recent research:


1. Intellectual disability literacy and stigma among lay people
Lay perceptions and responses can have a strong influence on the well-being and social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. We have studied lay knowledge and attitudes regarding intellectual disability, as well as causal and intervention beliefs in different cultural, religious and national contexts, with a view to identifying the processes involved in intellectual disability stigma and discrimination (see publications). In order to understand these processes further in cross-cultural contexts, joint studies are currently underway with colleagues at the Universities of Kuwait and Vienna. 

To date, the evidence on lay attitudes towards this population is almost entirely derived from explicit, self-report attitude measures, which render the findings questionable at best. We have developed a test to examine implicit associations (attitudes less accessible to consciousness)  to intellectual disability and have examined the relationship between explicit attitudes, implicit attitudes and stigma among lay people in the UK (Wilson & Scior, in preparation).


2. Interventions aimed at tackling prejudice and discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities

Past research indicates that direct contact with individuals with intellectual disabilities is the most promising route to achieving positive attitude change. However, contact based interventions are hard to provide and control on a large scale, thus limiting their widespread use. We have piloted brief internet delivered film based interventions aimed at tackling prejudice and discrimination towards people with intellectual disabilities at general population level (Walker & Scior, 2013; Seewooruttun & Scior, in preparation).

3. Health service delivery for people with intellectual disabilities
We have completed a number of projects examining the experiences of people with  intellectual disabilities and their carers of both specialist and mainstream services for individuals who experience mental health problems secondary to their intellectual disability (see publications). To enhance our understanding of health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, we are currently studying potential barriers to high quality health care at primary care level and among medical students (Ryan, Buczewisz, Strydom & Scior, in progress).


4. Clinical Psychology Training
I am committed to ensuring fair access to the profession of clinical psychology. To this end we have studied potential causes of the underrepresentation of individuals from BME backgrounds among DClinPsy students (see publications). We have recently completed a project examining the effect of educational background on selection for clinical psychology training across UK training providers, funded by the Clearing House for Clinical Psychology (Scior, Williams & King, under review).

Research Activities

Intellectual Disabilities

Education Description

Academic Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Teaching input also provided to:

BSc Psychology, UCL

MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL


UCL Collaborators

Dr Andre Strydom; Prof Nora Groce; Prof Adrian Furnham

External Collaborators



    • Kleinberg I, Scior K (2014). The Impact of Staff and Service User Gender on Staff Responses towards Adults with Intellectual Disabilities who Display Aggressive Behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58, 110 - 124. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01640.x


    • Scior K, Bradley C, Potts HWW, Woolf KVM, Williams ACDC (2013). What predicts performance during clinical psychology training?. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, , - .
    • Connolly T, Williams J, Scior K (2013). The effects of symptom recognition and diagnostic labels on public beliefs, emotional reactions and stigma associated with intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, 13, 211 - 223. doi:10.1352/1944-7558-118.3.211
    • Sheridan JC, Scior K (2013). Attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities: a comparison of young people from British South Asian and White British backgrounds. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 1240 - 1247. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2012.12.017
    • Walker J, Scior K (2013). Tackling stigma associated with intellectual disability among the general public: A study of two indirect contact interventions. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2200 - 2210.
    • Ali A, Scior K, Ratti V, Strydom A, King M, Hassiotis A (2013). Discrimination and Other Barriers to Accessing Health Care: Perspectives of Patients with Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disability and Their Carers. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e70855 - e70855. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070855
    • Scior K, Potts HW, Furnham AF (2013). Awareness of schizophrenia and intellectual disability and stigma across ethnic groups in the UK. Psychiatry Research, 208, 125 - 130. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2012.09.059
    • Scior K, Hamid A, Mahfoudhi A, Abdalla F (2013). The relationship between awareness of intellectual disability, causal and intervention beliefs and stigma in Kuwait and the UK. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 3896 - 3905. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2013.07.030
    • Ellison N, Mason O, Scior K (2013). Bipolar disorder and stigma: A systematic review of the literature.. J Affect Disord, , - . doi:10.1016/j.jad.2013.08.014


    • Coles S, Scior K (2012). Public attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative comparison of white British and South Asian people. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(2), 177 - 188. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00655.x
    • Scior K (2012). Knowledge, inclusion attitudes, stigma and beliefs regarding intellectual disability and schizophrenia among the UK public: The role of ethnicity, religion and contact.
    • Scior K, Baum S, Dodd K, Holmes N, Hughes K, Rose J (2012). Good practice guidelines for UK clinical psychology training providers for the training and consolidation of clinical practice in relation to adults with learning disabilities (Revised Version).
    • Scior K, Addai-Davis J, Kenyon M, Sheridan J (2012). Stigma, public awareness about intellectual disability and attitudes to inclusion among different ethnic groups. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, , - . doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01597.x


    • Scior K, Furnham A (2011). Development and validation of the Intellectual Disability Literacy Scale for Assessment of Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes to Intellectual Disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 1530 - 1541. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2011.01.044
    • Scior K (2011). Public awareness, attitudes and beliefs regarding intellectual disability: a systematic review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(6), 2164 - 2182. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2011.07.005


    • Donner B, Mutter R, Scior K (2010). Mainstream in-patient mental health care for people with intellectual disabilities: service user, carer and provider experiences. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(3), 214 - 225. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2009.00527.x
    • Scior K, Kan KY, McLoughlin M, Sheridan JC (2010). Public attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities: a cross-cultural study. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 48(4), 278 - 289. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-48.4.278
    • Jamieson-Craig R, Scior K, Chan T, Fenton C, Strydom A (2010). Reliance on carer reports of early symptoms of dementia among adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 7(1), 34 - 41.


    • Kaur G, Wilson S, Scior K (2009). Systemic working in learning disability services: results from a UK wide survey. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37(3), 213 - 220. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3156.2009.00553.x
    • Scior K (2009). Psychological interventions. In Hassiotis A, Hall I, Barron DA (Ed.), Psychiatry of intellectual disabilities: a practical guide (pp. 223 - 236). : Wiley.


    • Cape J, Thompson M, Roth A, Scior K, Heneage C, Du Plessis P (2008). Promoting diversity. PSYCHOLOGIST, 21(1), 72 - 73.
    • Cape J, Roth A, Scior K, Thompson M, Heneage C, Du Plessis P (2008). Increasing Diversity within Clinical Psychology: the London initiative. Clinical Psychology Forum, 190, 7 - 10.
    • Faust H, Scior K (2008). Mental health problems in young people with learning disabilities: the impact on parents. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21(5), 414 - 424.
    • Craig R, Scior K, Chan T, Fenton C, Strydom A (2008). Carer-reported symptoms of dementia in older adults with non-DS ID.
    • Auty E, Scior K (2008). Psychologists’ clinical practice in assessing dementia in individuals with Down’s Syndrome. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 5(4), 259 - 268. doi:10.1111/j.1741-1130.2008.00187.x


    • Scior K, Gray J, Halsey R, Roth AD (2007). Selection for clinical training: Is there any evidence of any bias against applicants from ethnic minorities?. Clinical Psychology Forum, 175, 7 - 12.


    • Scior K, Lynggaard H (2006). New stories of intellectual disabilities: a narrative approach. In Baum S, Lynggaard H (Ed.), Intellectual disabilities: a systemic approach (pp. 100 - 119). : Karnac.


    • Scior K, Dodd K, Holmes N, Jenkins RR, J on behalf of the National Committee of the Faculty for Learning Disabilities BPS (2005). Good Practice Guidelines for UK Clinical Psychology Training Providers for the Training and Consolidation of Clinical Practice in Relation to People with Learning Disabilities.
    • Scior K, Longo S (2005). In-patient psychiatric care: What we can learn from people with learning disabilities and their carers. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 10(3), 22 - 33. doi:10.1080/09638230410001669318


    • Mason J, Scior K (2004). 'Diagnostic overshadowing' amongst clinicians working with people with intellectual disabilities in the UK. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 17(2), 85 - 90. doi:10.1111/j.1360-2322.2004.00184.x
    • Scior K, Grierson K (2004). Service provision for young people with intellectual disabilities and additional mental health needs: service-providers' perspectives. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 17(3), 173 - 179. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2004.00193.x
    • Longo S, Scior K (2004). In-patient psychiatric care for individuals with intellectual disabilities: the service users' and carers' perspectives. Journal of Mental Health, 13(2), 211 - 221. doi:10.1080/09638230410001669318


    • Scior K (2003). Using discourse analysis to study the experiences of women with learning disabilities.. Disability and Society, 18(6), 779 - 795. doi:10.1080/0968759032000119514
    • Scior K, Grierson K (2003). Service provision for young people with learning disabilities and additional mental health problems: service providers' perspectives.


    • Lynggaard H, Scior K (2002). Narrative therapy and people with learning disabilities. Clinical Psychology, 17, 33 - 36.


    • Scior K (2000). Women with learning disabilites: gendered subjects after all?. Clinical Psychology Forum, 137, 6 - 10.

    • Scior K, Bagnall H, Connolly T, Stiehl K, Zeilinger EM (). Do intellectual disability literacy and stigma vary across cultures?.
    • Findlay L, Williams AC, Baum S, Scior K (). Caregiver experiences of supporting adults with intellectual disabilities in pain. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, , - .
    • Findlay L, Williams AC, Scior K (). Exploring experiences and understandings of pain in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, , - .
    • Wilson MC, Scior K (). Attitudes towards individuals with disabilities as measured by the Implicit Association Test: A literature review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 294 - 321. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2013.11.003