Dr Judith Piggot – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Piggot has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for over 20 years. She is a specialist in mental health and neurodevelopmental presentations and passionate about making a difference for people presenting with mental health and developmental difficulties.
Dr Piggot was Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Glasgow University, during which time she gained a M.Sc. in Genetics with distinction and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, before undertaking Post Doctoral training at Stanford University, California in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience. Dr Piggot was then appointed to Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Consultant Lead for Specialist Autism Spectrum Service, University of Cardiff, and joined the Academic Faculty and Clinical Director of the Centre for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she started to develop the SMARTS approach before relocating back to Scotland and taking up a consultant position in the NHS.
The SMARTS is a simple brain based formulation approach developed to support a brain based understanding of ‘straight forward’ and ‘complex’ mental health/ developmental presentations, so that we can all understand how brains work to make a different for people presenting with mental health and neurodevelopmental presentations. This approach has been evaluated in with children, adolescents and adults through funding from the Scottish Government. If we are “SMARTs” then we can all understand how the person’s brain works, then we can choose the right intervention at the right time, enabling the person to be as successful as possible in the broadest range of situations day to day.