Biography

Professor Laidlaw qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1995 and initially worked in a split adult mental health and older adult post with NHS Fife in Scotland. In 1997 he was among some of the first graduates of the South of Scotland post-qualification Course in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).  In 1998, he took up a split academic and clinical post. In 1999 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and travelled to the US to meet experts in CBT. From 1999 to 2000 he was invited to spend a year at University of Pennsylvania (PENN) in Philadelphia with Aaron T. Beck. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD,  completed part-time while working academically and clinically.

Ken has always maintained a strong clinical commitment in the past and was the manager and clinical lead for an older adults service in Edinburgh prior to his appointment at UEA. He has a keen and active research profile. He was the Principal Investigator on the first UK RCT of CBT for late Life depression. His manual for this trial has subsequently been used in other clinical trials. He also led the development of the creation of a cross-cultural Attitudes to Ageing Questionnaire (AAQ), that was pilot and field trialled in 20 countries worldwide. His conceptualization framework for CBT with older people is part of the IAPT curriculum materials for HI IAPT workers.

Career History

2013 – Present Professor of Clinical Psychology/Programme Director ClinPsyD Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Head of Department, Department of Clinical Psychology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ.

PREVIOUS POSTS
2004 – 2013  Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh. From January 2004 to Oct 2006 Deputy Programme Director.
2005- 2013  Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Professional Lead for Psychology Services for Older People in Edinburgh, NHS Lothian.
2005 – 2006  Acting Programme Director, University of Edinburgh/NHS Scotland, Clinical Psychology Training Programme. Section of Clinical                  Psychology.
2004 – 2005  Consultant Clinical Psychologist. (B Grade) Older Adults Stroke Psychosocial Service, Fife Primary Care NHS Trust.
1998 - 2004  Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh (split post - full time since 2000).
2002 – 2004  Consultant Clinical Psychologist. (B Grade) Older Adults Service (Senior A grade 2001-2002), Fife Primary Care NHS Trust (split post                  with University of Edinburgh).
2000 – 2001  Visiting Scholar & Research Fellow: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia USA. With Prof. Aaron T. Beck.
1995 - 2002  Chartered Clinical Psychologist. (A Grade) Older Adults Service, Fife Primary Care NHS Trust.
1992 - 1995  Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Edinburgh.
May – Aug. 1991  Research Assistant, Health Psychology & Neuropsychology.
(note 1988-1992  Undergraduate student at University of Edinburgh).
1978-1988  Apprentice, Craftsman Plater National Coal Board/British Coal.
 

Academic Background

Between 1998 to 2013, Ken worked on the University of Edinburgh DClinPsychol Clinical Psychology Programme as Senior Lecturer. When he was deputy programme director at Edinburgh, in partnership with NHS stakeholders and Commissioners he took the lead on the development of a new five-year model of Clinical Psychology training, ‘the flexible model of training’. During this time Ken secured British Psychological Society (BPS) Professional Accreditation for the flexible training programme. As part of this initiative, Ken wrote the first Programme Specification for the DClinPsychol Training Programme at the University of Edinburgh. Ken also brought an innovative approach to the application of theory to practice and was responsible for introducing a highly interactive online online supportive clinical practice learning environment in older adults.

All Publications

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Kishita, N., Laidlaw, K.

(2017)

Counselling Older People,

in The SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sage

pp. 602-607

ISBN 9781473953314

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Aldridge, H., Fisher, P., Laidlaw, K.

(2017)

Experiences of shame for people with dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis,

in Dementia

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Smith, T., Cross, J., Poland, F., Brookes, A., Maidment, I., Penhale, B., Laidlaw, K., Fox, C.

(2017)

Systematic Review Investigating Multi-disciplinary Team Approaches to Screening and Early Diagnosis of Dementia in Primary Care – What are the Positive and Negative Effects and Who Should Deliver It?,

in Current Alzheimer Research

14

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Laidlaw, K., Kishita, N., Shenkin, S. D., Power, M. J.

(2017)

Development of a Short Form of the Attitudes to Ageing Questionnaire (AAQ),

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Kishita, N., Laidlaw, K.

(2017)

Cognitive behaviour therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: Is CBT equally efficacious in adults of working age and older adults?,

in Clinical Psychology Review

52

pp. 124–136

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hameed, Y., Fox, C., Laidlaw, K., Hilton, A., Maidment, I., Kishita, N.

(2016)

Mental Illness in the Elderly,

in Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

Elsevier

ISBN 9780702061851

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Kishita, N., Laidlaw, K., Wuthrich, V. M., Egan, S. J., Chellingsworth, M.

(2016)

Evidence-based developments of CBT for late life anxiety,

in Innovations and Future Directions in The Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Australian Academic Press

ISBN 9781922117700

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Tyler, E., Lobban, F., Sutton, C., Depp, C., Johnson, S., Laidlaw, K., Jones, S. H.

(2016)

Feasibility randomised controlled trial of Recovery-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Older Adults with bipolar disorder (RfCBT-OA): study protocol,

in BMJ Open

6

article no. e010590

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Laidlaw, K., Kishita, N.

(2015)

Age-Appropriate Augmented Cognitive Behavior Therapy to enhance treatment outcome for late-life depression and anxiety disorder,

in GeroPsych

28

(2)

pp. 57–66

Full Text

(Special issue)

(Published)


Kishita, N., Fisher, P., Laidlaw, K.

(2015)

What are the attitudes of different age groups towards contributing and benefitting from the wider society and how are these experienced by individuals in those age groups? Looking forward to 2025 and 2040, how might these evolve?,

Government Office for Science

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Romero-Moreno, R., Losada, A., Marquez, M., Laidlaw, K., Fernández-Fernández, V., Nogales-González, C., López, J.

(2014)

Leisure, Gender, and Kinship in Dementia Caregiving: Psychological Vulnerability of Caregiving Daughters With Feelings of Guilt,

in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B

69

(4)

pp. 502-513

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Pachana, N. A., Egan, S. J., Laidlaw, K., Dissanayaka, N., Byrne, G. J., Brockman, S., Marsh, R., Starkstein, S.

(2013)

Clinical issues in the treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults with Parkinson's disease,

in Movement Disorders

28

(14)

pp. 1930-4

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Roach, L., Laidlaw, K., Gillanders, D., Quinn, K.

(2013)

Validation of the Caregiver Guilt Questionnaire (CGQ) in a sample of British dementia caregivers,

in International Psychogeriatrics

25

(12)

pp. 2001-10

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McMurchie, W., Macleod, F., Power, K., Laidlaw, K., Prentice, N.

(2013)

Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety with older people: a pilot study to examine patient acceptability and treatment outcome,

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

28

(11)

pp. 1147-56

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Lucas-carrasco, R., Laidlaw, K., Gómez-benito, J., Power, M. J.

(2013)

Reliability and validity of the Attitudes to Ageing Questionnaire (AAQ) in older people in Spain,

in International Psychogeriatrics

25

(03)

pp. 490-499

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Laidlaw, K.

(2013)

A Deficit in Psychotherapeutic Care for Older People with Depression and Anxiety,

in Gerontology

59

pp. 549-556

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Laidlaw, K.

(2013)

Self-Acceptance and Aging: Using self-acceptance as a mediator of change in CBT with depressed and anxious older people,

in The strength of Self-Acceptance.

Springer Publications

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Lucas-Carrasco, R., Laidlaw, K., Power, M. J.

(2011)

Suitability of the WHOQOL-BREF and WHOQOL-OLD for Spanish older adults,

in Aging & Mental Health

15

(5)

pp. 595-604

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Broomfield, N. M., Laidlaw, K., Hickabottom, E., Murray, M. F., Pendrey, R., Whittick, J. E., Gillespie, D. C.

(2011)

Post-stroke depression: the case for augmented, individually tailored cognitive behavioural therapy,

in Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

18

(3)

pp. 202-217

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Laidlaw, K., Wang, D., Coelho, C., Power, M.

(2010)

Attitudes to ageing and expectations for filial piety across Chinese and British cultures: A pilot exploratory evaluation,

in Aging & Mental Health

14

(3)

pp. 283-292

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

CBT with older people, Depression and Anxiety in Later Life, Attitudes to Ageing, Treatment evaluation of common mental health problems in later life, Process outcome in psychotherapy with older people. Dementia, Depression and Anxiety in  the dementias, BPSD in Dementia.

Teaching Interests

CBT with older People, Mental health, late life depression and anxiety, Gerontology in applied psychology settings, Research and critical appraisal, Leadership.

Teaching Activities

  • Currently teaching on UEA ClinPsyD and UEA MMBS Programmes. Invited to contribute to IAPT Programmes nationally. Invited to provide Master Clinician session at the 2013 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Lima, Peru.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)
  • Member of Scientific Committee of the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy (Annual Conference).
  • Member of the PSIGE/DoH/IAPT (NHS England) working group on delivering increased access to psychological therapies for older people.

Professional Activities

  • Developed the first university accredited postgraduate training in CBT with older people at the Charlie Waller Institute, Reading University, May 2011 & 2012.
  • Ad hoc reviewer for more than a dozen international peer review journals.
  • Ad hoc reviewer of book proposals for John Wiley and Sons, Ltd, SAGE publications and Oxford University Press.
  • Member of the editorial board of the following journals:
  • Ageing and Mental Health (2007 - present).
  • Clinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health (2004 - present).
  • GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry (2010 - present).

Key Responsibilities

Professor Ken Laidlaw, Programme Director of the ClinPsyD training programme, was appointed at the end of May 2013. Professor Laidlaw is an experienced Clinical Psychologist and has acted as Deputy and Acting Programme Director for the DClinPsychol Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Edinburgh/NHS Scotland at a time of great change for the programme. At UEA, he is accountable to Professor David Crossman (Head of Norwich Medical School) for the effective delivery of the course. 

Administrative Posts

  • Professor Laidlaw is the head of department of Clinical Psychology