Dr Alyson Smith 


   Position: Senior Lecturer (0.5)
   School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
   E-mail: asmith@cardiffmet.ac.uk
   Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 7190
   Room No: D3.11


Module Leader
  • Clinical Psychology 1 (BSC Psychology Programme)
  • Psychological Vulnerabilities (MSc Forensic Psychology Programme)

  • At undergraduate level I contribute to teaching on clinical psychology and applied psychological therapies.
  • I contribute to the Health Psychology MSc by offering workshops on motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • I contribute to the MSc Forensic Psychology programme by teaching the psychological vulnerabilities module and a workshop on risk assessment.

Undergraduate Supervision
  • I supervise undergraduate dissertations on almost any topic related to addictions or adult mental heatlh.
  • I am also interested in life transitions.

Masters Supervision
  • I supervise masters dissertations which are related to my specialist interest in substance use, addictions and health behaviour change.

Research Degree Supervision - Completed
  • I have supervised two completed doctoral projects (Doctorate of Clinical Psychology) in the field of addictions.

  • Smith, A., Hildrey, Z., and Thomas, S., (2010) The Physical Effects of Amphetamine Use. In: R. Pates and D. Riley (Eds.) Interventions for Amphetamine Misuse. Wiley-Blackwell.

Published articles
  • Green, H., Smith, E., Poole, R., Skuse, L., Roberts, P., Champney-Smith, J., and Smith, A., (2009) A Delphi Study of the Subjective ‘Rush’ Experience: Understanding the Perspective of the Injecting Drug User To Enhance Quality Of Drug Intervention. Journal of Substance Use 14(5): 1-11.
  • Smith, A., Hodgson, R. Bridgeman, K and Shepherd, J. (2003) A randomised controlled trial of a brief intervention after alcohol related facial injury. Addiction. 98: 43-52.

Conference Presentations
  • One more won’t hurt: Reducing alcohol consumption in young men with alcohol related injuries. (2009) Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Conference. York
  • Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs in the 21st Century (2007), Psychological Aspects of Performance and Image Enhancing Drug Use. Liverpool John Moores University.
  • National Drug Treatment Conference, London. Pates, R., and Smith, A., (2007) Stimulants: What Works?

  • April 2011 – won a tender to train all of Smoking Cessation Wales’ advisors in motivational interviewing.

Dr Alyson Smith is a senior lecturer and practising clinical psychologist, specialising in addictions. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society with Health Professions Council Registration. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She sits on the Committee of the Faculty for Addictions (Division of Clinical Psychology). She reviews grant applications for the Alcohol Education and Research Council and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Substance Use.

She is a part-time member of the Psychology Team at Cardiff Met and is module leader for Clinical Psychology (BSc Psychology) and Psychological Vulnerabilities (MSc Forensic Psychology). Her primary teaching interests include the application of psychological therapies in clinical practice and adult psychological disorders and their treatment. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects (Masters and Doctoral Level). In addition to this, she has considerable experience in designing and facilitating training in psychosocial interventions (e.g. motivational interviewing, brief interventions) for health-care professionals. Her research interests include subjective aspects of drug users’ experience and the effectiveness of psychological interventions in treatment of substance use disorders.

As a clinical psychologist, she has considerable experience in the fields of Addiction, Adult Mental Health and sexual health, both within the NHS and in private practice.