Dr Patrick Smith

BA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist | Senior Lecturer

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 Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London (https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/patrick.smith.html), and is research director for the King’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) training programme (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-courses/doctorate-in-clinical-psychology-dclinpsy.aspx).

On  completing  his  clinical  training,  he  led  a UNICEF-funded  psychosocial  programme  for  war-affected  children  in Bosnia.   His   collaborative    research    since    then    has   focused    on understanding   children’s   psychological   reactions   to   trauma,   and   on developing interventions for traumatised 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  a  randomised  controlled  trial  of  individual Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy for  children  and  young  people with PTSD.  He has also helped to develop a computerised CBT (C-CBT) intervention for young people with depression, and led a schools-based trial.  He is currently developing online therapy for young people with PTSD.  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 Board member of a registered charity, the Children and War Foundation (http://www.childrenandwar.org/).


Selected Publications:

  • 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
  • Yule, W. & Smith, P. (2015).  Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.  In M Rutter, et al (eds) Rutter’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 6th edition; Blackwell Publishing
  • Smith, P., Scott, R., Eshkevari, E., Jatta, F., Leigh, E., Harris, V., Robinson, A., Abeles, P., Proudfoot, J., Verduyn, C., & Yule, W. (2015). Computerised CBT for depressed adolescents: randomised controlled trial.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 73, 104-110

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