UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Katrina Scior

Prof Katrina Scior

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Stigma Studies

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Sep 1999

Research summary

I am passionate about using theory, scientific methods, and my voice as a senior UCL academic to reduce health and social inequities experienced by marginalised groups. My research is mainly focused on stigma associated with disability, mental health challenges, and ageing. As lead of the UCL Unit for Stigma Research, I study processes involved in (disability) stigma in diverse social and cultural contexts. We have developed robust methods to assess both explicit and implicit attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities and dementia. Development and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination faced by marginalised persons and their families are key to my vision and research, with an emphasis on multimedia and digital interventions as potential contributors to scalable attitude change programmes, that can be adapted to diverse cultural and economic contexts.


I lead the NIHR Public Health Research programme funded STORM study, ably supported by our Study Manager Lisa Richardson and Senior Trial Manager Liz Randell and the entire STORM team, self-advocate expert advisors and third sector partners. The project is conducted in partnership with Mencap, the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and People First Dorset.  


I am also, with Roy McConkey and Aseel Hamid, research lead for an ambitious new joint project by the UN Development Programme and UN Women, aimed at addressing stigma and discrimination experienced by women and girls with disabilities. 


Our efforts to highlight the silence and shame surrounding mental health difficulties experienced by mental health professionals has generated evidence and thus far led to: (1) Guidelines produced by UCLUS in partnership with in2gr8mental health and ACP-UK: Supporting and valuing lived experience of mental health difficulties in clinical psychology training’, published by the BPS. (2) Development and initial testing of the HOP-MHP guided self-help and peer support intervention. This work was conducted with generous support from the Honest Open Proud network and its lead Pat Corrigan. 

Teaching summary

Joint Programme Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), UCL

Teaching input to:

DClinPsy, UCL

BSc Psychology, UCL

UCL Wellcome 4-year PhD in Mental Health Science



University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2012
University of East London
Doctorate, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | 1996
Middlesex Polytechnic
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1991


Katrina Scior, BSc DClinPsy PhD, is a European, UK-trained clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer, with expertise in stigma pertaining to (intellectual) disability, mental health difficulties and ageing. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK and IASSID.

She is Joint Programme Director of UCL's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is also the Director of the UCL Unit for Stigma Research, Co-Director with Angela Hassiotis of UCL's Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research, and Expert Adviser to Mencap and Special Olympics. Her research group share their research via academic journals and conferences, and social media outlets:


UCLUS YouTube Channel

Twitter: @kscior, @uclusresearch @UCL_DClinPsy

Katrina welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students in areas that closely match her research interests.