Dr Olga Runcie

Consultant Psychiatrist


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Dr Olga Runcie is a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult Mental Health. She graduated from Izhevsk State Medical Academy in 1995 and undertook specialist training in Psychiatry in Russia and then in Aberdeen (2003 -2006). Dr Runcie took a post as Consultant Psychiatrist for NHS Grampian in 2006 at the Royal Cornhill Hospital and was also appointed Honorary Lecturer for Aberdeen University. She took an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training and lectured widely on different aspects of mental health and sleep medicine. Between 2015 and 2018 Dr Runcie worked as a Community Consultant Psychiatrist in NHS Tayside. She commenced in independent practice in 2016 and is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen.

Dr Runcie has a keen interest in sleep medicine with a particular focus on interaction between sleep disorders and mental health. She attended a number of courses in the UK and the US on topics of sleep disorders. She successfully completed a two year post graduate diploma course on Sleep Medicine with Oxford University in 2018 and is now studying for an MSc in Sleep Medicine at Oxford University.

Dr Runcie is a founder of the sleep wellness company, Somniance, which is dedicated to helping people achieve a better sleep quality to improve personal and occupational performance.

Dr Runcie specialises in the assessment and treatment of non-respiratory sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, Adult ADHD and stress-related disorders. She works closely with a Psychologist ensuring patients have rapid access to a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions. Her work ethos is to treat patients as she would her own family and to manage patients’ conditions in a holistic manner.

Professional Memberships

  • Affiliate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 
  • Member of British Sleep Society 
  • BMA member

Clinical Interests

  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatment of insomnia and circadian sleep disorders 
  • Non-pharmacological management of insomnia, CBT for insomnia   
  • Shift work disorders
  • Light therapy and chronotherapy
  • Depression – mild to moderate
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Seasonal affective disorders

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