Dr Lucy Stirland (MBChB PhD MRCPsych)

Postdoctoral Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Division of Psychiatry
  • Edinburgh Neuroscience
  • Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

Contact details



Kennedy Tower, Royal Edinburgh Hospital
Morningside Terrace

Post code
EH10 5HF


Dr Stirland is a psychiatrist and epidemiological researcher. She currently works part time in the NHS, finishing her specialty training in old age psychiatry, and part time in the University of Edinburgh. Her research is funded by a Clinical Lectureship from NHS Education for Scotland and the Chief Scientist Office. Before this post, she took time out of clinical training to complete a PhD. Her clinical experience includes a year's training in liaison psychiatry to complement her experience working with older adults.

Research summary

Dr Stirland's research uses data to understand links between having multiple physical conditions or taking multiple medicines (multimorbidity and polypharmacy) with mental illnesses and dementia.

Current project grants

NES/CSO Postdoctoral Clinical Lectureship (2020-2022)
Project title: "Temporal dynamics of multimorbidity and medication use with mental illness and dementia: an investigation in NHS Scotland routinely collected data and the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936"

Past project grants

MRF/MRC PsySTAR (Psychiatry: Scottish Training in Academic Research) Clinical Research Fellowship (2015-2019)
Thesis title: "Epidemiology of multimorbidity and polypharmacy in ageing: a complementary analysis of mental and brain health in three datasets" (PhD awarded June 2020)
Supervisors: Dr Graciela Muniz Terrera, Dr Tom Russ, Prof Craig Ritchie

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