Jan Scott is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle. She is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (one of 8 individuals worldwide). Her earlier research focused on combined treatment strategies (using pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy) for adults with bipolar disorders, and chronic and/or severe depressions or psychoses. More recently, her research has shifted to the importance of understanding developmental trajectories of severe mental disorders, and the implications of clinical staging models for research and clinical practice. Professor Scott has a particular interest in the development of age appropriate services to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults with early onset mood disorders and comorbid substance use or misuse. Additional research focuses on mechanisms of action of psychological treatments, and the prediction and management of treatment engagement and concordance.
Previous posts include a training scholarship with Professor Aaron T Beck in Philadelphia, USA; The Royal College of Psychiatrists Travelling Fellowship (allowing secondments to University of Wisconsin in Madison assertive outreach programmes, and to Johns Hopkin University in Baltimore). More recently, Professor Scott spent time working with Eugene Paykel in Cambridge, Eduard Vieta in Barcelona, Pat McGorry in Melbourne and Ian Hickie in Sydney. She has ongoing collaborative links with colleagues in Paris (specifically Professor Frank Bellivier’s group at Diderot University, Paris VII). Professor Scott is recognized internationally as a trainer and supervisor for cognitive therapy. She is a member of several research grant and journal editorial boards (eg an Assistant Editor of the BJPsych) and an advisor to patient organizations. Professor Scott is the principal investigator on several grants including the RfPB study of ‘Early intervention in mood disorders’ and of multi-centre MRC studies such as psychological approaches to bipolar disorders, including as the only intervention in bipolar depression and in ‘at risk’ populations.
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