Professor of Clinical Psychology and Stigma Studies
I am with UCL's Research Department of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology. I am also Joint 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 NHS services.
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.
We are currently conducting a feasibility study and pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) of the STORM programme. This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research programme (NIHR PHR Project 17/149/03). You can read more about the STORM study here.
International work: We have completed research 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 in the process of having this research published.