UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Stephen Butler

Dr Stephen Butler

Senior Lecturer

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
20th Nov 2000

Research summary

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.  

Teaching summary

As a staff member of the DClinPsy program for the past twelve years, I have contributed to the development of the child clinical teaching while also lecturing at the undergraduate level and for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology around mental health problems in children and adolescents. As noted above, I am currently contributing to the teaching of core evidence-based skills for CY-IAPT trainees, that is child mental health professionals working with children from mental health trusts in London and the South-East.    


Courtauld Institute of Art
MA, History of Art | 2000
University of Ottawa
PhD, Clinical Psychology | 1987
Trent University, Peterborough Ontario
BSc Hons, Psychology | 1981
Trent University, Peterborough Ontario
BA, Psychology | 1980


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.