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

My research is focused on stigma associated with disability and mental heath problems. My group studies processes involved in intellectual disability stigma in a range of social and cultural contexts. We seek to develop robust methods to assess both explicit and implicit attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities. Development and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing negative stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families are key to our research, with an emphasis on multimedia and digital interventions as potential contributors to broader attitude change programmes, and interventions that can be adapted to diverse cultural and economic contexts.

In my role as trainer of the next generation of mental health professionals, other strands of my research focus on access to clinical psychology and how to widen participation of members of underrepresented groups, and on challenging mental health stigma within the mental health professions. My group studies the extent of lived experience of mental health difficulties among health professionals, and supports decision making in relation to sharing of lived experience through delivery of HOP-MHP, a self-help version of the Honest Open Proud (HOP) programme.

Teaching summary

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

Teaching input to:

DClinPsy, UCL

BSc Psychology, UCL

MSc Research Methods in Psychology, UCL



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 clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer, with special expertise in the areas of intellectual disability, and stigma pertaining to disability and mental health difficulties. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Member of IASSID.

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


Intellectual Disability Stigma YouTube Channel

Twitter: @kscior, @uclusresearch

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