Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor Jan Scott

Professor of Psychological Medicine



Jan Scott is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and a visiting professor at the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney and at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. She is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Affective Disorders at IPPN (formerly the Institute of Psychiatry) in London, and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was then a professor in Glasgow and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, before returning to Newcastle. Professor Scott also held visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at the Penn State University in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel at Cambridge University, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona and was also awarded the RCPsych travelling scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She is an invited professor at Diderot University in Paris and also a 'Science without Borders' Fellow which allows her to work at FESP in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre in Brazil.

Professor Scott's early research career focused on the development of psychological therapies, such as CBT, that could be combined with medications to improve the quality of life and clinical outcomes of individuals with difficult to treat chronic depressions, bipolar disorders, and/or psychosis. She also developed an interest in the application of health belief models to clinical psychiatry, as a means to explore engagement with clinical services and to predict likelihood or adherence with treatments.

In recent times, she has focused her research on emerging mood disorders, examining developmental trajectories and risk syndromes for bipolarity and the application of clinical staging models to mental health. This work examines trans-diagnostic risk factors for the development of long term mental disorders and also the potential role of psychological interventions that target cognitive, emotional and circadian regulation, such as interventions that target rumination, mood instability, delayed sleep phase and activation levels. This work is undertaken in collaboration with colleagues in France, Norway, Brazil and Australia.


Some recent relevant publications related to interests reported in my 'profile' include-

In Press

Scott J, Grunze H, Meyer T, et al. A bipolar II cohort (ABC study): the association of functional disability with gender and rapid cycling. . J Affect Disord.

Gehue L,…Scott J, Hickie I. Youth Early intervention Study (YES): a randomized controlled trial of mental and physical health group interventions. Trials.

Golmand J, Scott J, et al. Using admixture analysis to examine birth cohort effects on age at onset of bipolar disorders. Acta Psych Scand.



Vallarino et al (Scott senior author) An evidence map of psychosocial interventions for the earliest stages of bipolar disorders. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015.


Sankar A, Scott J, .....Fu C. Neural effects of cognitive therapy on dysfunctional attitudes in depression. Psychol Med. 2015 May;45(7):1425-33.


Geoffroy PA, Scott J, .......Bellivier F, Etain B. Sleep in patients with remitted bipolar disorders: a meta-analysis of actigraphy studies. Acta Psych Scand. 2015;131(2):89-99.


Bellivier F, Geoffroy PA, Etain B, Scott J. Sleep- and circadian rhythm-associated pathways as therapeutic targets in bipolar disorder. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2015 Mar 2:1-17. [Epub ahead of print].


Boudebesse C, Geoffroy PA, Henry C, Germain A, Scott J, et al. Links between sleep and body mass index in bipolar disorders. Eur Psych. 2015 Jan;30(1):89-93.


Lee R, Hermens DF, Naismith SL, Jones A, Scott J et al. Neuropsychological and functional outcomes in recent-onset major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: A longitudinal cohort study. Translational Psychiatry. 2015 Apr 28;5:e555.


Weich S, McBride O, Twigg L, Keown P, .......Scott J, Bhui K. Variation in compulsory psychiatric inpatient admission in England: a cross-sectional, multilevel analysis. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; 2014 Dec.


O'Dea B, Glozier N, Purcell R, McGorry PD, Scott J, et al. A cross-sectional exploration of the clinical characteristics of disengaged (NEET) young people in primary mental healthcare. BMJ Open. 2014, 23;4(12):e006378.


Lee RS, Hermens DF, Scott J, et al. A meta-analysis of neuropsychological functioning in first-episode bipolar disorders. J Psychiatr Res. 2014 Oct;57:1-11.

Baldwin DS, Anderson IM, Nutt DJ, ……..Scott J, van der Wee N, Wittchen HU. Evidence-based pharmacological treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder: a revision of the 2005 guidelines from the BAP. J Psychopharmacol. 2014 May;28(5):403-39.

Raust A, Daban C, Cochet B, Henry C, Bellivier F, Scott J. Neurocognitive performance as an endophenotype for bipolar disorder. Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2014 Jan 1;6:89-103.

Waugh MJ, Meyer TD, Youngstrom EA, Scott J. A review of self-rating instruments to identify young people at risk of bipolar spectrum disorders. J Affect Disord. 2014 May;160:113-21.

Kapczinski F, …..Scott J, …… Berk M. (23 authors) Staging systems in bipolar disorder: an International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force Report. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2014 Nov;130(5):354-63.

Scott J, Scott E, Hermens D, Naismith S,....Hickie IB. Functional impairment in adolescents and young adults with emerging mood disorders. Br J Psychiatry. 2014 Nov;205(5):362-8.


Geoffroy PA, Bellivier F, Scott J, Etain B. Seasonality and bipolar disorder:  A systematic review, from admission rates to seasonality of symptoms. J Affect Disord. 2014 Oct 15;  Epub 2014 Jul 10.


Haddad PM, Brain C, Scott J. Non-adherence with antipsychotic medication in schizophrenia: challenges and management strategies. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2014 Jun 23; 5: 43-62.


Douglas J, Scott J. A systematic review of gender-specific rates of unipolar and bipolar disorders in community studies of pre-pubertal children. Bipolar Disord. 2014;16(1):5-15.


Mathieu F, Etain B, Daban C, ......Bellivier F, Scott J, Henry C. Affect intensity measure in bipolar disorders: a multidimensional approach. J Affect Disord. 2014; 157:8-13.


Geoffroy P, Leboyer M, Scott J. Predicting bipolar disorders: What can be learned from prospective cohort studies? Encephale. 2013 Oct 3. pii: S0013-7006(13)00163-2.

Scott E, Hermens D, Naismith S, Guastella A, White D, Whitwell B, Lagopoulos J, Scott J, Hickie IB. Distress and disability in young adults with emerging mood disorders. Int J Bipolar Dis. 2013, 1:23


Rausteau A, Daban C, Henry C, Bellivier F, Scott J. Neurocognition as an endophenotype in bipolar disorders. Front Biosci. Elite Edition, 2014 Jan 1; 6:89-103.


Geoffroy PA, Boudebesse C, Bellivier F, Lajnef M, Henry C, Leboyer M, Scott J, Etain B. Sleep in remitted bipolar disorder: a naturalistic case-control study using actigraphy. J Affect Disord. 2014; 158:1-7.


Navarro P, Marini A, Scott J, Landin-Romero R, Amann B. No effects of eye movements on the encoding of the visuospatial sketchpad and the phonological loop in healthy participants: possible implications for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Personality & Indiv Diffs, 2013, 55, 983-988.


Hickie IB, Hermens DF, ......Scott J, Scott EM. Evaluating differential developmental trajectories to adolescent-onset mood and psychotic disorders. BMC Psych. 2013 Nov 12; 13:303.


Scott J, et al (23 international authors eg McGorry P, Hickie IB, Vieta E). Adolescents and young adults who are not in employment, education, or training. Br Med J. 2013 Sep 18; 347:f5270.


Marwaha S, He Z, Broome M, Singh S, Scott J, Eyden J, Wolke D. How is affective instability defined and measured? A systematic review. Psych Med. [First View Article], October 2013, pp 1 - 16.


Berk M, Scott J, MacMillan I, Christensen H. Viewpoint: The need for specialist services for severe and recurrent mood disorders. Australia New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 Sep; 47(9):815-8.


Geoffroy P, Bellivier F, Scott J, et al. Bipolar disorders with seasonal pattern: clinical characteristics and gender influences. Chronobiology International, [Early Online], 2013, 1-7.


Henry C, Andreassen O, Barbato A, Demotes-Mainard J, Goodwin G, .... Scott J, Bauer M, (& ENBREC group). European Network of Bipolar Research Expert Centre: a network to foster research and promote innovative care. Int J Bipol Disord 2013, April 17: 1:2, 1-8


Bellivier F, Geoffroy P, Scott J, et al. Biomarkers of bipolar disorder: specific or shared with schizophrenia? Front Biosci. 2013 Jun 1; E5:845-63.


Hickie IB, Scott J, McGorry P. Clinical staging for mental disorders: a new development in diagnostic practice in mental health. Med J Aust. 2013; 198(9):461-2. 


Hickie IB, Scott J, Hermens D, Scott EM, Naismith S, Guastella A, Glozier N, McGorry P. Clinical classification in mental health at the cross-roads: which direction next? BMC Med. 2013, 11:125.

Scott J, .....McGorry P. Clinical staging in psychiatry: a cross-cutting model of diagnosis with heuristic and practical value. Br J Psych. 2013 Apr; 202(4):243-5.


My current teaching mainly focuses on input to teaching courses for PhD students and/or individual supervision at universities in Norway, Australia, Brazil and France. 

I also participate in training and supervising therapists, especially in regard to th development of new models of intervention for emerging mood disorders.