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Prof Stephen Scott

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Area of expertise
  • Consultant with the National Adoption and Fostering Team at Maudsley Hospital
  • Consultant with the National Conduct Problems Team at Maudlsey Hospital
  • Chair, Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Board member, Place2Be mental health charity
  • Author of the introductory textbook Child Psychiatry, with Robert Goodman (Blackwell Science, 3rd edition 2013)
  • Editor and author of four chapters on Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (6th Edition, Blackwell Science 20015)


Stephen Scott is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the CAMHS Adoption and Fostering Service and the Conduct Problems Service. He is also a Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and He is the Director of the National Academy for Parenting Research, London.

Awards include
  • 2014 commander of the British Empire (CBE) from the Queen for services to families
  • 2017 Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

  • A randomised controlled trial on Fostering Changes, a British programme for foster carers
  • The Helping Children Achieve trial, which compares the impact of (1) helping parents of five and six year olds read with their child, (2) relationship improvement programmes, and (3) both in combination
  • Developing a new programme for parents with high needs
  • A randomised controlled trial of Functional Family Therapy for serious teenage antisocial behaviour and delinquency
  • The measurement of parenting
  • An economic evaluation on the cost effectiveness of parenting intervention programmes, in conjunction with the London School of Economics
  • He has been involved in papers on the economic cost of conduct disorders, and on three randomised controlled trials that cover the effectiveness of parent training in clinical practice, preventively in schools, and then disseminating it less expensively (see publication list).
  • A follow-up study was also carried out on the effectiveness of parent training, including its effectiveness in preventing the development of personality disorders

Education and training
Professor Scott studied at Cambridge University and the Royal London Hospital. He worked as a paediatrician for five years, including periods at the Brompton Hospital and Great Ormond Street, before training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Maudsley under Professor Sir Michael Rutter and Professor Eric Taylor.

  • MB BChir Cambridge University (1980) PhD 2020 FRCP 2001
  • FRCPsych 2003
  • Honorary FRCPH 2018

Scott S and Richards MPM (1979) Effect of nursing low birthweight babies on wool. Lancet, i, 1028-1029

Scott S, Lucas P, Cole T and Richards MPM (1983) Weight gain and movement patterns of very low birthweight babies nursed on lambswool. Lancet, ii, 1014-1016

Bolton P, Macdonald H, Murphy M, Scott S, Yuzda E, Whitlock B, Pickles A, and Rutter M (1991) Genetic findings and heterogeneity in autism. Psychiatric Genetics, 2, 57-82

Bailey A, Bolton P, Butler L, Le Couteur A, Murphy M, Scott S, Webb T and Rutter M (1993) Prevalence of the fragile X anomaly amongst autistic twins and singletons. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 34, 673-688

Jaffa A, Scott S, Harris-Hendricks J, and Shapiro C (1993) ABC of sleep disorders in children British Medical Journal, 306, 640-643

Scott S (1995) Disobedient and Aggressive Children. Part 1: Causes. Maternal and Child Health, 20, 1, 17-20

Scott S (1995) Disobedient and Aggressive Children. Pt 2: Management. Maternal and Child Health, 20, 2, 44-50

Spender Q and Scott S (1996) Conduct Disorder. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 9, 273-277

Scott S (1996) Measuring oppositional and aggressive behaviour. Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review, 1, 104-109

Spender Q and Scott S (1997) Management of antisocial behaviour in childhood. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 3, 128-137

For a full list of Professor Scott's publications, see his KCL research portal page.