Dr Catherine Sholl
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Catherine Sholl is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND). Within SCAAND she co-leads a team offering intensive multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment for young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health difficulties, and challenging behaviour who are at risk of admission to an inpatient unit or residential placement.
The team aims to work closely with local services across London to help them support young people with learning disabilities or autism to continue living in the community where possible.
Catherine has an interest in social inclusion for those with the most complex needs, and her research and publications so far have focussed on this.
Catherine is involved in the development of national policy, guidance and practice in relation to supporting children and young people with learning disabilities and autism.
She is on the committee for the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) London and South East Region CAMHS Learning Disability Special Interest Group (LASER). She is also a Core Member of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s National Strategy Group.
Catherine sits on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for children and young people with autism or learning disability. Catherine also previously sat on a special advisory group for the development of joint DoH and DfE guidance on reducing the need for physical interventions for children and young people presenting with challenging behaviour.
Education and training
Catherine completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Liverpool and then a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of East London. Pre and post qualification, Catherine has worked with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders in a variety of settings including care homes, special schools, inpatient settings and community CAMHS.
Catherine’s experience has included being a lead clinician in setting up the Ealing Intensive Therapeutic and Short Breaks Service (ITSBS), aiming to prevent unnecessary residential placements or inpatient admissions for young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. This service has been cited as a model of good practice in the Transforming Care Agenda good practice examples, the Lenehan Review into Residential Special Schools, the NHS Ten year plan, and the recent Children's Commissioner for England report 'Far less than they deserve. Children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals'.
Dilks-Hopper, H., Jacobs, C., Sholl, C., Falconer, C., Gore, N. (2019) The Ealing Intensive Therapeutic and Short Breaks Service: An update 5 years on. Tizard Learning Disability Review. Vol 24, Issue 2, pp56-63.
Iemmi, V., Knapp, M., Reid, C., Sholl, C. Ferdinand, M., Buescher, A. and Trachtenberg, M. (2016). Positive behaviour support for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours living in the community: an exploratory economic evaluation. Tizard Learning Disability Review. Vol 21, No. 4, pp169-180.
Sholl, C., Reid, C. and Udwin, U. (2014). Preventing residential care for young people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours: the development of the Ealing Intensive Therapeutic and Short Breaks Service. ACAMH Occasional Paper 32: Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour. pp15-25.
Reid, C., Sholl, C. and Gore, N. (2013).Seeking to prevent residential placements for young people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour: examples and early outcomes from the Ealing ITSBS. Tizard Learning Disability Review. 18(4), pp171-178.
Sholl, C., Korkie, J. and Harper, D. (2010). Challenging teenagers’ ideas about people with mental health problems. The Psychologist: Social Inclusion. 23(1), pp26-27.
Sholl, C., Korkie, J. and Harper, D. (2009). Working with young people to challenge discrimination against mental health service users: A psychosocial approach. Clinical Psychology Forum Special Issue: Faculty for Complex Mental Health and Psychosis. 196, pp45-49.