Dr Ian Smith

Research Director 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 is now the programme's Research Director and the Senior Clinical Tutor overseeing the curriculum of the programme. He continues to work clinically as part of the programme's Clinical Psychology Service for medical students.

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.