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The UCL Unit for Stigma Research will officially launch on 16th February 2018. We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

By ucjulpo, on 12 January 2018

The Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS) seeks to produce boundary crossing research that increases our understanding of stigma in relation to disability, mental health problems and dementia and informs the development of effective interventions designed to tackle stigma at all levels.

On 16th February 2018, UCLUS will host leading experts in the field of stigma research and action who will present innovative ideas and practice work across two key themes (1) Evidence Based Ways of Tackling Intellectual Disability Stigma (2) Lived Experience and Stigma among Mental Health Professionals.

These two themes form the structure of the day, with the morning session devoted to stigma experienced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families. In the afternoon, we will ask whether it is time for more openness in relation to mental health professionals who experience mental health problems themselves and often feel that they need to keep these a secret from others. We are honored to have Professor Patrick Corrigan, of the Illinois Institute of Technology and US National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment as our keynote speaker for the event.

We hope that our launch will be an opportunity for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, self-advocates, and representatives from across the disability and mental health sectors to hear about recent advances, connect and share ideas.

We are pleased to have the following speakers present their work at the event, and we are sure that they will inspire reflection on the effects of stigma on those affected by it, and recognition of the need for continued research and innovative practice to challenge stigma at all levels.


Morning Session (10.00 – 12:30)


Dr Katrina Scior, University College London (UCL):

Tackling Intellectual Disability Stigma at Multiple Levels

Oonagh Smyth, Director of Strategy and Influence, Royal Mencap Society:

Tackling Institutional Stigma

Dr Deborah Odukoya & Dr Winfred Chege, UCL:

A Film-based Digital Intervention to Challenge Stigma in Nigeria and Kenya

Dr Sophie FitzGerald, UCL & Kate Oldroyd, Royal Mencap Society:

Changing Attitudes within Schools: The All In Award

Lisa Richardson, UCL & Self-Advocate:

The Standing Up For Myself (STORM) Programme


Afternoon Session (13:30 – 17:00)


Prof. Patrick Corrigan, Illinois Inst. Of Technology & US Nat. Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment:


Dr Clare Gerada, NHS Practitioner Health Programme, Former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners:

Supporting Doctors who Experience Mental Health Problems

Dr Ahmed Hankir, NIHR Acad. Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry & Sal Anderson, Univ. of the Arts, London:

Screening of ‘The Wounded Healer’ followed by Q & A

Sue Baker OBE, Director of Time to Change: 

Tackling Mental Health Stigma within Mental Health Services

Dr Katrina Scior & Dr Henry Clements, UCL:

Honest Open Proud for Mental Health Professionals

Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Former President of Br. Psychological Society:

Closing Words and Chair of Q&A



To secure a place, please register at: https://tinyurl.com/yasuc4de.

Find out more about UCLUS research here:



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