Dr Scott obtained his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Manchester in 1988, his thesis compared the effectiveness of individual and group cognitive therapy for depression and examined the process of change.
For 15 years he taught the cognitive-behaviour therapy module on the M.Sc in Applied Psychology at the University of Manchester. Dr Scott was External Examiner for the M.Sc in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies at the University of Chester for four years. Currently he is External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University.
His interest in post-traumatic stress disorder was ignited by his work for Merseyside Police and with victims of the Hillsborough Football Disaster.