Dr Ian Smith

Senior Lecturer

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 psychology 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 use of ‘safe failure’ and of the use of playful learning techniques in learning, teaching and assessment. He has written and researched on the teaching of micro-therapy skills, in particular the use of solution focused approaches in clinical work and with people with intellectual disabilities. He 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.

Violent Incidents in a Secure Service for Individuals with Learning Disabilities: Incident Types, Circumstances and Staff Responses
Malda Castillo, J., Smith, I.C., Morris, L., Perez Algorta, G.D. 11/2018 In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31, 6, p. 1164-1173. 10 p.
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What is the process by which a decision to administer Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or not is made?: A grounded theory informed study of the multi-disciplinary professionals involved
Duxbury, A., Smith, I.C., Mair-Edwards, B., Bennison, G., Irving, K., Hodge, S.M., Anderson, I., Weatherhead, S.J. 1/08/2018 In: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 53, 8, p. 785-793. 9 p.
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De-escalation techniques for managing non-psychosis induced aggression in adults (Review)
Spencer, S., Johnson, P., Smith, I.C. 18/07/2018 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 57 p.
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A Qualitative Meta-synthesis of Emergency Department Staff Experiences of Violence and Aggression
Ashton, R., Morris, L., Smith, I.C. 07/2018 In: International Emergency Nursing. 39, p. 13-19. 7 p.
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Psychological interventions for anger and aggression in people with intellectual disabilities in forensic services: A systematic review of the literature
Browne, C., Smith, I.C. 03/2018 In: Aggression and Violent Behavior. 39, p. 1-14. 14 p.
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Comparison of behavioural activation with guided self-help for treatment of depression in adults with intellectual disabilities: a randomised controlled trial
Jahoda, A., Hastings, R., Hatton, C., Cooper, S., Dagnan, D., Zhang, R., McConnachie, A., McMeekin, N., Appleton, K., Jones, R., Scott, K., Fulton, L., Knight, R., Knowles, D., Williams, C., Briggs, A., MacMahon, K., Lynn, H., Smith, I., Thomas, G., Melville, C. 16/11/2017 In: Lancet Psychiatry.
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The Experiences of Staff Who Support People with Intellectual Disability on Issues About Death, Dying, and Bereavement: a metasynthesis
Lord, A., Field, S.J., Smith, I.C. 11/2017 In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 30, 6, p. 1007-1021. 15 p.
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Computing and mental health: intentionality and reflection at the click of a button
Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Simm, W.A., Gradinar, A.I., Smith, I.C., Forshaw, S., Smith, M.T., Whittle, J.N.D. 23/05/2017 In: PervasiveHealth '17 Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare. New York : ACM p. 1-10. 10 p. ISBN: 9781450363631.
Conference contribution

What is a clinical psychologist?
Cheng, J., Smith, I.C. 21/02/2017
Other contribution

Stories of people who have attended a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support group in a secure intellectual disability service
Tallentire, L., Smith, M., Lee, D., Roberts, A., -, B., Morrow, S., Withers, P., Smith, I.C. 31/08/2016 In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
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Online social networking and psychological experiences: the perceptions of young people with mental health difficulties
Singleton, A., Abeles, P., Smith, I.C. 08/2016 In: Computers in Human Behavior. 61, p. 394–403. 10 p.
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Values-first software engineering: research principles in practice
Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Simm, W.A., Gradinar, A.I., Forshaw, S., Smith, M., Smith, I.C. 14/05/2016 In: ICSE '16 Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion. New York : ACM p. 553-562. 10 p. ISBN: 9781450342056.
Conference contribution

Anxiety and autism: towards personalized digital health
Simm, W.A., Ferrario, M.A.F.C., Gradinar, A.I., Forshaw, S., Smith, M., Smith, I.C., Whittle, J.N.D. 7/05/2016 In: CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM p. 1270-1281. 12 p. ISBN: 9781450333627.
Conference contribution

Understanding how people with mental health difficulties experience substance use
Chorlton, E., Smith, I. 19/02/2016 In: Substance Use and Misuse. 51, 3, p. 318-329. 12 p.
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Physical restraint and the therapeutic relationship
Knowles, S.F., Hearne, J., Smith, I. 07/2015 In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. 26, 4, p. 461-475. 15 p.
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Managing bipolar moods without medication: a qualitative investigation
Cappleman, R., Smith, I., Lobban, F. 15/03/2015 In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 174, p. 241-249. 9 p.
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Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse from South Asian communities: reflections and practice points to consider
Walji, I., Smith, I. 03/2015 In: Clinical Psychology Forum. 267, p. 41-45. 5 p.
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Understanding how people who use illicit drugs and alcohol experience relationships with psychiatric inpatient staff
Chorlton, E., Smith, I., Jones, S. 01/2015 In: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 50, 1, p. 51-58. 8 p.
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Is contact with adult mental health services helpful for individuals with a diagnosable BPD?: a study of service users views in the UK
Morris, C., Smith, I., Alwyn, N. 10/2014 In: Journal of Mental Health. 23, 5, p. 251-255. 5 p.
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Solution-focused brief therapy from the perspective of clients with long-term physical health conditions
Carr, S., Smith, I., Simm, R. 1/10/2013 In: Psychology, Health and Medicine. 19, 4, p. 384-391. 8 p.
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What makes offenders with an intellectual disability ready to engage with psychological therapy? A qualitative study
Breckon, S., Smith, I., Daiches, A. 05/2013 In: Research in Developmental Disabilities. 34, 5, p. 1408-1416. 9 p.
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Psychological consultation in older adult inpatient settings: a qualitative investigation of the impact on staff's daily practice and the mechanisms of change
Murphy, S., Osborne, H., Smith, I. 26/02/2013 In: Aging and Mental Health. 17, 4, p. 441-448. 8 p.
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Parent perspectives of clinical psychology access when experiencing distress
Cooke, S., Smith, I., Turl, E., Arnold, E., Msetfi, R.M. 1/04/2012 In: Community Practitioner. 85, 4, p. 34-37. 4 p.
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Diversity and clinical psychology training
Daiches, A., Smith, I. 02/2012 In: Clinical Psychology Forum. 230, 2 p.

Support Staff's experiences of relationship formation and development in secure mental health services
Evans, K., Murray, C., Jellicoe-Jones, L., Smith, I. 2012 In: British Journal of Forensic Practice. 14, 2, p. 104-115. 12 p.
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A qualitative investigation into the effects of brief training in solution-focused therapy in a social work team
Smith, I. 01/2011 In: Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 84, 3, p. 335–348. 14 p.
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Assessing trainee clinical psychologists' clinical competence: a commentary
Smith, I. 03/2010 In: Psychology, Learning and Teaching. 9, 2, 2 p.

Ideas for solution based working with people who have intellectual disabilities
Smith, I. 2006 In: Solution News. 2, 2, 5 p.

Solution-focused therapy with people with learning disabilities: a case study
Smith, I. 09/2005 In: British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 33, 3, p. 102-105. 4 p.
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You can lead a course to a paper, but can you make it think?
Craig, J., Smith, I., Clark, W., Gartside, C., Larkin, W., Hughes, R., Hatton, C., Belcher, C., Wheatcroft, D. 03/1999 In: Clinical Psychology Forum. 125, p. 38-41. 4 p.
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