I have interests in all areas of mental health and psycho-therapeutic interventions, but primarily trauma and compassion therapies, and arts based interventions for health.
I have specific interests in post traumatic stress and its accompanying challenges for health and well-being.
I am keenly interested in understanding the student experience and how universities support students with their well-being.
2010-Current University of Surrey, Senior Teaching Fellow (Mental Health) & Lead for Student Well-being
Field Lead Mental Health until 2017
2010-Current Honorary Contract - Havant CAMHS, Specialist Practitioner.
2006-2010 Specialist CAMHS Practitioner, Early Intervention in Psychosis Portsmouth.
2002-2006 Clinical Nurse Specialist, Unified Adolescent Team (UAT), Havant., Hants.
1997-2006 Clinical Nurse Specialist, Specialist CAMHS Havant, East Hampshire PCT.
1996-1997 Charge Nurse, Bethlem and Maudsley Adolescent Unit, Bethlem and Maudsley SHA. (Now SLAM)
1993-1997 Staff Nurse Bethlem and Maudsley Adolescent Unit, Bethlem and Maudsley SHA (now SLAM).
1992-1993 Staff Nurse, Trehafod Child and Family Therapy, Swansea.
1989-1992 Registered Nursing Programme Cefn Coed Hospital, Swansea
I am currently undertaking a PhD study exploring experiential avoidance in Post Traumatic Stress in military veterans.
I teach and assess across all Professional Preparation programmes, contributing to core and mental health specific modules. I also contribute to Continuing Professional Development modules. teach and assess across all Professional Preparation programmes, contributing to core and mental health specific modules.
I have the lead role for student health and well-being in the School, and liaise closely with the Centre for Well-being and other agencies, including Occupational Health and clinical practice settings to support students and develop strategies for the future.
Courses I teach on
Brown, Anna-Maria; Robinson, Anne; Jones, Felicity; Smith, Alison; Williams, Peter & Hanley, Jane. (2017)
The effectiveness of prescription exercises for women diagnosed with post natal depression; a systematic review
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 27:4 2017
Art Therapy with Military Veterans: Trauma and the Image Chapter 11 'Research and Evaluation' Alison Smith and Janice Lobban Routledge; 1 edition (10 Oct. 2017) ISBN-10: 1138654558 ISBN-13: 978-1138654556 December 2017