Dr. Alyson Smith is a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in the field of addiction and adult mental health and has over fifteen years research and clinical experience. She currently works full time in private practice which includes a combination of clinical work, training and consultation.
Over the past decade, she has worked in a broad range of roles and settings. This has included working in the NHS (addictions and sexual health), the third sector (homelessness and addictions), as a senior lecturer at Cardiff. She has also undertaken work as an expert witness in the family courts.
For two years, she was Psychology Lead for Solas (part of the Seren Group) which included providing psychological consultation, training and interventions to staff and clients at over 10 different services (young people, adults who are homeless, and adults with addictions or complex mental health problems).Within the NHS, she gained extensive experience of working with individuals dependent on a range of substances, audit and service evaluation, supervision and specialist training (e.g. psychosocial interventions). Her clinical and research experience has involved evaluation of treatment interventions for individuals, or as part of a large research trial.
She is treasurer of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Addiction, reviews journal articles for the Journal of Substance Use and grant proposals for Alcohol Research UK. She has been invited to speak at a number of national conferences in the field of substance use and has a track record of peer reviewed publications in the field.
Examples of Previous Projects: In 2011, Dr Smith was won a contract to work with Stop Smoking Wales, training their staff in client engagement and motivational interviewing techniques. In collaboration with Dr Tina Alwyn, Dr. Alyson Smith also won a tender from the Welsh Assembly Government to train nurses across Wales to conduct brief alcohol interventions (based upon her PhD findings).