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Dr Patrick Smith

Job title Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr Patrick Smith, PhD, is a Consultant Psychologist with the National & Specialist CAMHS Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Clinic at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK.

Patrick is also Reader in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London and is Research Director for the King’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) training programme

His collaborative trauma research focuses on understanding children’s psychological reactions to trauma and on developing interventions for trauma-exposed young people. With colleagues, he has investigated cognitive models of PTSD in children; he has helped to develop and evaluate group interventions for children exposed to war and disasters; and he led the first randomised controlled trial  in the UK of  individual Cognitive Therapy for  children  and  young  people with PTSD.

He is currently developing an online, therapist-supported, cognitive therapy programme for young people with PTSD.  His work on depression includes the development of Computerized CBT for young people with mild-moderate mood disorder, and he led a schools-based trial of the intervention. He is currently working with colleagues to develop and evaluate a Mindfulness Based Intervention for young people with depression and anxiety.

He has published widely, and regularly teaches and trains other professionals. He is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  He is a founding  member of the UK Trauma Council, and a long-standing Board member of a registered charity, the Children and War Foundation (http://www.childrenandwar.org/).


Education and Training

  • BA (Hons) University of Oxford, 1990
  • MSc University of London, 1994
  • PhD King’s College London, 1998



Selected Publications:

de Haan, A., Landolt, M. A., Fried, E. I., Kleinke, K., Alisic, E., Bryant, R., … Smith, P., Yule, W., & Meiser-Stedman, R. (2020). Dysfunctional posttraumatic cognitions, posttraumatic stress and depression in children and adolescents exposed to trauma: a network analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 77-87.

Smith, P., Dalgleish, T., & Meiser-Stedman, R. (2019).  Practitioner Review: post-traumatic stress in children and adolescents.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 60, 5, 500-515

Pile, V., Smith, P., Leamy, M., Blackwell, S., … & Lau, J. (2018). A brief early intervention for adolescent depression that targets emotional memories: protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (IMAGINE). Journal of Pilot and Feasibility Studies,  https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0287-3

Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D.M., Boyle, A., Watson, P., Goodyer, I. & Dalgleish, T. (2017). Cognitive Therapy as an early treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58, 623-633.

Smith, P., Scott, R., Eshkevari, E., Jatta, F., Leigh, E., Harris, V., Robinson, A., Abeles, P., Proudfoot, J,. Verduyn, J., & Yule, W. (2015).  Computerised CBT for depressed adolescents: randomised controlled trial. Behavioru Research and Therapy,  73, 104-110.  

Ames, C., Richardson, J., Payne, S., Smith, P., & Leigh, E. (2014). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression in adolescents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19, 1,  74-78

Smith, P., Perrin, S., Yule, W., & Clark, D.M. (2010).  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – CBT with children and young people. Routledge, UK

Smith, P., Yule, W., Perrin, S, Tranah, T., Dalgleish, T., & Clark D.M. (2007).  Cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents – a preliminary randomised controlled trial. Journal of the American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46, 1051-1061

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