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I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. That means I am a trained as a medical doctor (not a clinical psychologist) who specialises in assessing and treating the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers.
My Teaching Hospital Consultant Appointment is at the Maudsley Hospital, London; I am also Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. The Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry are closely interlinked and combine to form perhaps the leading centre in Europe for the understanding and treatment of psychiatric and psychological problems.
I have always been interested in both the physical and mental aspects of children and families. After a full degree in Psychology, I trained in medicine at the Royal London Hospital and Cambridge University, where I won a science prize and the psychiatry prize. I then worked as a Paediatrician for five years at a number of hospitals, including the Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Having got a good understanding of children’s medical problems, I decided to widen my expertise by training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, including four years as clinical lecturer with Professor Sir Michael Rutter FRS and Professor Eric Taylor.
I am the author of the leading introductory textbook Child Psychiatry, (published by Blackwell, with Professor Robert Goodman, 3rd edition 2012) as well as being an editor and author of chapters of the large, authoritative text Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (6th edition, 2014). I also publish scholarly articles on the findings of my research on how best to treat children.
I lead a team of researchers investigating the best way to treat child and adolescent difficulties at the Institute of Psychiatry. I was the senior editor of the journal Child and Adolescent Mental Health and advise the government on mental health issues.
Areas of interest
ADHD; Depression and mood disorders; Anxiety; Autistic spectrum disorders; Antisocial behavior and conduct disorders; Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Family problems; Adoption and fostering problems
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
London SE5 8AZ
ADHD; antisocial behaviour; difficulties between children and parents; attachment problems; reading and learning difficulties
2012-14 Chair, NICE Guideline on Antisocial Behaviour and Conduct Disorders
2013 Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, Journal of Children’s Services
2013 Fellowship, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
2013 Highly Commended Award, BMA Medical Book of the Year, for Child Psychiatry (3rd edition)
2014 Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
for services to families
2015 - Chair, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
(Additional) Languages spoken
Goodman R & Scott S (2013) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (3rd edn) London: Wiley-Blackwell
James Leckman, Daniel Pine, Stephen Scott, Margaret Snowling, Eric Taylor and Anita Thapar (Eds) (2015) Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (sixth edition) Oxford:Wiley-Blackwell
Over 100 in scholarly journals. Recently:
Joseph M, O'Connor T, Briskman J, Maughan B & Scott S (2014) The formation of secure new attachments by children who were maltreated: an observational study of adolescents in foster care Development and Psychopathology
Dadds M, ....Scott S (2013) Callous-unemotional traits in children and mechanisms of impaired eye contact during expressions of love: a treatment target? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Scott S, Bailey C (2013). Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders in Children. The Practitioner 257:19-21
Scott S (2012) Parenting quality and children’s mental health: biological mechanisms and psychological interventions. Current Opinion in Psychiatry 25:301–306
Scott S & O'Connor T (2012) An experimental test of differential susceptibility to parenting among emotionally dysregulated children in a Randomized Controlled Trial for Oppositional Behavior Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 53, 1184-1193
Hobson C, Scott S, & Rubia K. (2011) Cool and hot executive function deficits are associated with ODD/CD symptoms independently of ADHD in adolescents with early onset conduct problems. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 52, 1035-1043
Scott S, Briskman, J, Woolgar M, Humayun S, & O’Connor T (2011) Attachment in Adolescence: Overlap with Parenting and Unique Prediction of Behavioural Adjustment Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 52, 1052-1062
Courses offered to GPs
I am happy to give talks on general child and adolescent psychiatry, depression, anxiety, ADHD, behaviour problems, NICE guidance, working with schools and many other topics.
- MB BChir Cambridge University 1980
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 1999
- FRCPsych Royal College of Psychatrists 2003
Reference number 2674137
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair NICE Guideline Group Conduct Disorder 2012
- Chair Assocation for Child and Adolesscent Mental Health 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1994
- The Child and Family Practice 8 Ridgmount...
- 17:00 - 21:00
- 023 9246 6641
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
07730 566 812