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Richard Linscott

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Associate Professor Richard Linscott's research interests are in psychotic experiences and psychometric risk for schizophrenia, the distribution of these in the general population, factors that increase risk of psychotic experiences, and basic mechanisms that lead to risk status.

He has active collaborations with research groups in Australia, Spain and the Netherlands. He holds an appointment as an Honorary Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

He joined the Department as a Teaching Fellow in 1996 before completing his PhD and professional training in clinical psychology in 1999. Since then, he has been engaged in teaching (postgraduate and undergraduate) and research as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer. Associate Professor Linscott was appointed the Director of Clinical Training in 2008. He is a registered clinical psychologist.


Research Interests

  • Psychotic experiences
  • Psychometric risk for schizophrenia
  • The distribution of these in the general population
  • Factors that increase risk of psychotic experiences
  • Basic mechanisms that lead to risk status

Find out more about Associate Professor Linscott's research interests


Schimanski, I. D., Mouat, K. L., Billinghurst, B. L., & Linscott, R. J. (2017). Preliminary evidence that schizophrenia liability at age 15 predicts suicidal ideation two years later. Schizophrenia Research, 181, 60-62. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.08.030 Journal - Research Article

Morton, S. E., O'Hare, K. J. M., Maha, J. L. K., Nicolson, M. P., Machado, L., Topless, R., Merriman, T. R., & Linscott, R. J. (2017). Testing the validity of taxonic schizotypy using genetic and environmental risk variables. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43(3), 633-643. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbw108 Journal - Research Article

Everett, K. V., & Linscott, R. J. (2015). Dimensionality vs taxonicity of schizotypy: Some new data and challenges ahead. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(Suppl. 2), S465-S474. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbu221 Journal - Research Article

Grattan, R. E., Morton, S. E., Warhurst, E. S., Parker, T. R., Nicolson, M. P., Maha, J. L. K., & Linscott, R. J. (2015). Paternal and maternal ages have contrasting associations with self-reported schizophrenia liability. Schizophrenia Research, 169, 308-312. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2015.09.018 Journal - Research Article

Linscott, R. J., & van Os, J. (2013). An updated and conservative systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological evidence on psychotic experiences in children and adults: On the pathway from proneness to persistence to dimensional expression across mental disorders. Psychological Medicine, 43(6), 1133-1149. doi: 10.1017/s0033291712001626 Journal - Research Article

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