UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS)


UCLUS was formally launched in February 2018 with support from the Wellcome Trust [Grant 210670/Z/18/Z].

UCLUS was established as a new hub for innovation in research and theory production in the stigma field and to build capacity for high quality research in this field. We cross traditional boundaries between stigmatised conditions and disciplines, with a particular focus on stigma associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health problems, and ageing. Co-production with users and potential beneficiaries of research is at the heart of everything we do. Our current research falls into three broad areas:


Research on Intellectual Disability Stigma

Our research aims to advance our understanding of intellectual disability stigma and effective ways to challenge such stigma.

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Research on Mental Health, Stigma and Disclosure

Our research focuses on decision making, personal choice and actions around sharing of lived experience of mental health difficulties and/or diagnoses, as means to empowerment and reduction of stress and distress resulting from stigma, secrecy and shame traditionally associated with mental health difficulties.


Research on Ageism and Dementia-related Stigma

Our research focusses on the complexities of telling others about a diagnosis of dementia and other aspects of stigma associated with ageing and dementia.