Dr Vaughan Bell

Dr Vaughan Bell

Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology

Clinical, Edu & Hlth Psychology

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
23rd Sep 2014

Research summary

My current research largely focuses on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of psychosis, and psychosis after individually diagnosable damage to the brain and nervous system (neuropsychiatric disorders). I'm particularly interested in the question of why psychosis typically involves the experience of illusory social agents (e.g. hallucinated people or other identities) and what this tells us about social cognition in all of us. This is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Teaching summary

I've had some brilliant teachers and mentors during my career and now I'm in the position of being able to pass on some of the knowledge and experience I have gained to others, which is something I am both passionate about and something I thoroughly enjoy.


I completed a PhD in cognitive neuropsychiatry before completing a DClinPsy in clinical psychology and I believe that psychological, neurological and social approaches are all essential in understanding humans and their difficulties.

I'm now a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist and I mainly worked in clinical posts in mental health and neurorehabilitation before returning to academia here at UCL which I combine with a clinical appointment at the Maudsley Hospital in South London.

I currently have the privilege of doing three things:

  • Teaching and supervising PhD students and trainee clinical psychologists. In particular, I work on the UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course.
  • Conducting research to better understand mental health problems and neurological difficulties here at UCL
  • Working clinically with people with psychosis, where I specialise in working with people who have cognitive and neurological difficulties alongside delusions and hallucinations