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Dr Patrick Smith

Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Patrick Smith, PhD, is a Consultant Psychologist with the national and specialist CAMHS Trauma Anxiety and Depression 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 leading a project to develop an online, therapist-supported, cognitive therapy programme for young people with PTSD.

His work on depression includes the development of computerised 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, and their carers.

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.

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

de Haan, A., Landolt, M. A., Fried, E. I., Kleinke, K., Alisic, E., Bryant, R., … Smith, P., Yule, W., and 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., and 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., … and 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,

Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D.M., Boyle, A., Watson, P., Goodyer, I. and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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., and 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