Professor Stephen Scott: Child and adolescent psychiatry
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Professor Stephen Scott

Child and adolescent psychiatry

 

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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

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