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Dr Ian Smith FHEA

Lecturer in Research Methods & Senior Clinical Tutor, Lecturer

Ian Smith

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 592282

Professional Role

Ian is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for  over twenty years. He joined the Lancaster University DClinPsy programme staff in April 2006 and he now works for the programme as a lecturer in research methods and as the senior clinical tutor overseeing  the curriculum of the programme. His work also includes supervising doctoral research, and day-to-day line management of  NHS-employed clinical pychology trainees. He continues to work part-time as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in a local NHS  service for people with intellectual disabilities.

Prior to joining the programme at Lancaster, Ian worked at the University of East London (UEL) doctoral programme in clinical psychology as a clinical tutor.

Ian gained his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wales (Bangor), and is registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council. Since qualifying  sixteen years ago he has worked in forensic services and community services for adults with intellectual disabilities, and also with people with severe mental health problems and challenging behaviour,whilst providing support, training and consultation to other staff in services for these client groups.

Ian has a special interest in the teaching of micro-therapy skills and in using solution focused approaches to clinical work, and has an MA in Solution Focused Brief Therapy from the University of Birmingham. He has taught and facilitated workshops in the UK and in South America on these topics. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the editor of Solution News, the journal of the UKASFP.

Research Interests

Ian's major research interest is in all aspects of clinical interventions for psychological distress in people with intellectual disabilities, and in developing and evidence base for  these interventions.

He is also interested in what any clients of clinical psychologists and other therapists  want and get from psychological therapy. This includes exploring the nature of clients' goals, how these can change, and how this links to psychological theories of prediction. It also includes identifying and examining events in therapy that are seen as helpful. He is interested in exploring these issues in both clients with mental health problems and in clients with intellectual disabilities.

Ian also has an interest in the impact of providing brief training in talking therapies to clinical staff, particularly how this alters staff behaviour and any barriers that affect the development and use of the skills learned.

Current Teaching

Ian co-ordinates all teaching for the Clinical Psychology professional doctorate (DClinPsy) programme,  and more directly oversees  teaching on critical and contextual psychology. He also contributes to teaching on clinical skills, psychological therapies, epistemology and research  topics. In addition,  Ian teaches on the final-year undergraduate psychology module 'Topics in Clinical Psychology' (PSYC 327).

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