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.