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Dr Lindsay Smith

Job title Clinical Psychologist

Area of expertise

  • Complex social and emotional difficulties in adolescence
  • Self-harming behaviours and risk to others
  • Intersection between the arts and mental health
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Caregiving and work with families



Dr Lindsay Smith is a Clinical Psychologist working with the N&S CAMHS Adolescent At-Risk & Forensic Service (AAFS) which assesses and treats young people who are engaged in, or present significant risk of, serious violence, fire-setting and/or sexually inappropriate behavior and/or who are at risk of harm or exploitation from others. She has a particular interest in working with young people and families in crisis and developing effective interventions for diverse communities.

Lindsay is Clinical Lead for the AAFS Imagining Futures project which integrates psychology skills and the arts in workshops for at-risk young women who may harm themselves as a way of coping with extreme emotional distress. Dr Smith is a research affiliate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (KCL) and a current South London NIHR Clinical Research Network Research Champion within SLaM.

She is a registered practitioner psychologist with the UK Health Care Professions Council and a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. She contributes to lecture and seminar teaching for the IoPPN  doctorate in clinical psychology course (DClin) and is a DClin Personal Support Tutor and IoPPN trained Clinical Supervisor.


Education and Training

  • DClinPsy, IoPPN, KCL, 2016
  • PhD Psychology, IoPPN, KCL, 2013
  • MSc Neuroscience, IoPPN, KCL, 2008
  • MA Experimental Psychology and Philosophy, Jesus College Oxford, 2003   



Dr Smith has an interest in applied clinical research and service effectiveness studies, with a particular focus on widening access to psychological services and understanding barriers to engagement.  Current research interests include caregiving, developing new therapies for young people in crisis and on the connection between psychology and the arts.

Smith, L. M., Onwumere, J., Craig, T., Kuipers, E. (2020). An ethnic-group comparison of caregiver beliefs about early psychotic illness: implications for evidence-based caregiver interventions. Transcultural Psychiatry,  57 (3), 432-444, 2020.

Smith, L. M., Onwumere, J., Craig, T., Kuipers, E. (2019). Role of poor sleep in determining distress in caregivers of individuals with early psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 13 (3), 613-618.

Smith, L. M., Onwumere, J., Craig, T., Kuipers, E. (2018). Caregiver correlates of patient-initiated violence in early psychosis. Psychiatry Research, 270, 412-417.

Smith, L. M., Johns, L. C., Mitchell, R. L. C. (2017). Characterizing the experience of auditory verbal hallucinations and accompanying delusions in individuals with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder: a systematic review. Bipolar Disorders, 19 (6), 407-514.

Smith, L. M., Onwumere, J.; Craig, T.; McManus, S., Bebbington, P., Kuipers, E. (2014). Mental and physical illness in caregivers: results from an English National Survey Sample 2007. British Journal of Psychiatry, 205(3):197-203

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