Dr Afia Ali

Dr Afia Ali

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Division of Psychiatry

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2010

Research summary

My research interests include exploring the impact of stigma and discrimination on the wellbeing of people with intellectual disability. My work has included the development and cross-cultural validation of measures examining stigma in people in intellectual disability, as well as experiences of affiliate stigma in families.

I am also interested in the prevalence of mental illness in people with borderline intellectual impairment, and psychosocial interventions in people with intellectual disability. I have recently completed a feasibility randomised controlled trial on individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in people with dementia and a trial on befriending by lay volunteers in people with intellectual disability.

Teaching summary

I am the module lead for the MSc module on "Current Research in Intellectual and developmental Disabilities,  which is part of the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences and Mental Health Sciences Research.

I supervise PhD and MSc students in the Division of Psychiatry.


University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008
University College London
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery | 2002


I completed my medical degree at UCL and then went on to complete my core training in psychiatry on the UCL/ North London training scheme, and then higher specialty training in the psychiatry of intellectual disabilities, which I completed in 2013. In 2008 I completed an MSc on Psychiatric Research at UCL and a PhD in 2013, which was funded by the Medical Research Council (Clinical training fellowship). I was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in intellectual disabilities at UCL in September 2014. I am an honorary consultant psychiatrist for people with intellectual disabilities at the Waltham Forest Community Learning Disability Service