BIOGRAPHY: Professor Jan Scott, MB BS, PhD, FRCPsych
Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Newcastle,

Jan Scott is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and a Visiting Professor, Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry in London. Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was the recipient of the RCPsych travelling scholarship which supported a secondment to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She has held professorial chairs at Glasgow University and the Institute of Psychiatry in London as well as visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at UPenn in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel in Cambridge, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona. Throughout her career Professor Scott has played an active role in training mental health professionals in psychological therapies and was nominated as a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (one of 8 individuals worldwide). She has been a member of a many national and international committees and is an assistant editor or board member of several high impact psychiatric journals. Previous roles include President of the BABCP, Vice-Chair of the MRC Mental Health and Neurosciences Board, Chair of the WPA Affective Disorders section, advisor on a range of NICE guidelines and she has represented the World Bank/WHO on international visits (e.g. to Pakistan). She is currently a ‘Science without Borders’ fellow visiting universities in Sao Paulo and Porte Alegre and is a Trustee of ISAD and an advisor to patient advocacy groups such as the Manic Depression Fellowship, Bipolar Organization, Gamian, etc.

Jan Scott’s earlier research focused on combined treatment strategies (using pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy) for adults with chronic and/or severe depressions, bipolar disorders and psychoses. More recently, her research has shifted to the importance of understanding developmental trajectories of mood disorders, and the implications of clinical staging models for research and clinical practice. This research especially explores trans-diagnostic aspects of phenomenology, the role of sleep and activation in the evolution of bipolar disorders and the clinical predictors of and risk syndromes associated with early onset adult-pattern bipolar disorders, including examining whether these differ in familial and non-familial presentations. She is the principal investigator on several grants including the RfPB UK study of ‘Early intervention in mood disorders’, but many of her current interests are best addressed via access to large datasets and so Professor Scott currently spends her time working with Ian Hickie’s team in Sydney and in Paris (specifically with Frank Bellivier’s group at Diderot University, Paris VII) and in Trondheim (Gunnar Morken and colleagues at NTNU, Norway). Professor Scott tries to convince colleagues and friends that the choice of locations is driven by her research agenda…..

BIOGRAPHY – Professor Jan Scott, MB BS, PhD, FRCPsych
Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Newcastle,

Jan Scott is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle and a Visiting Professor, Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry in London. Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was the recipient of the RCPsych travelling scholarship which supported a secondment to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She has held professorial chairs at Glasgow University and the Institute of Psychiatry in London as well as visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at UPenn in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel in Cambridge, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona. Throughout her career Professor Scott has played an active role in training mental health professionals in psychological therapies and was nominated as a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (one of 8 individuals worldwide). She has been a member of a many national and international committees and is an assistant editor or board member of several high impact psychiatric journals. Previous roles include President of the BABCP, Vice-Chair of the MRC Mental Health and Neurosciences Board, Chair of the WPA Affective Disorders section, advisor on a range of NICE guidelines and she has represented the World Bank/WHO on international visits (e.g. to Pakistan). She is currently a ‘Science without Borders’ fellow visiting universities in Sao Paulo and Porte Alegre and is a Trustee of ISAD and an advisor to patient advocacy groups such as the Manic Depression Fellowship, Bipolar Organization, Gamian, etc.

Jan Scott’s earlier research focused on combined treatment strategies (using pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy) for adults with chronic and/or severe depressions, bipolar disorders and psychoses. More recently, her research has shifted to the importance of understanding developmental trajectories of mood disorders, and the implications of clinical staging models for research and clinical practice. This research especially explores trans-diagnostic aspects of phenomenology, the role of sleep and activation in the evolution of bipolar disorders and the clinical predictors of and risk syndromes associated with early onset adult-pattern bipolar disorders, including examining whether these differ in familial and non-familial presentations. She is the principal investigator on several grants including the RfPB UK study of ‘Early intervention in mood disorders’, but many of her current interests are best addressed via access to large datasets and so Professor Scott currently spends her time working with Ian Hickie’s team in Sydney and in Paris (specifically with Frank Bellivier’s group at Diderot University, Paris VII) and in Trondheim (Gunnar Morken and colleagues at NTNU, Norway). Professor Scott tries to convince colleagues and friends that the choice of locations is driven by her research agenda…..