I completed my BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Liverpool (2004). After this I obtained my PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. My PhD was concerned with exploring the link between depression and inflammation by studying the psychological impact of the Hepatitis C treatment Interferon-alpha. After completing my PhD I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry at McGill University in Canada (2011-2014) where we examined the link between depression and diabetes. I returned to the UK in 2014 to undertake a lectureship at Brunel University London (2014-2016) prior to joining the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2016.
My main research interest is in physical and mental wellbeing. I have a particular focus on chronic conditions and psychosocial wellbeing in ageing populations. Ongoing projects I have in this area include examining the relationship between loneliness and health, investigating multimorbidity across the lifespan and the impact of ageing with cerebral palsy.
Professor Christina Victor (Brunel University London)
Dr. Jennifer Ryan (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
Dr. Silvia Liverani (Queen Mary's University London)
Professor Jorg Huber (University of Brighton)
Professor Mark Peterson (University of Michigan)
Convener of Clinical Psychology (PSY3097) and Contemporary Health Psychology and Professional Practice (PSYM115).
Contributor to General Psychology, Mental Health across the Lifespan and Qualitative Research Methods.
Recent invited Talks
Smith KJ. Overview of Haemochromatosis UK patient report. Hameochromatosis UK patient report launch event. House of Commons, UK, 31st October 2018.
Smith KJ. Psychosocial predictors of quality of life in adults with Usher Syndrome. 4th International symposium for Usher syndrome. Mainz, Germany, 21st July 2018.
Smith KJ. Social and emotional loneliness. Loneliness in older people (soledad en las personas mayores). UIMP (in association with the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics), Valencia, Spain, 23rd November 2017.
Smith KJ. Typologies of loneliness and social isolation in an English community sample. Autumn Research and Policy Forum on Loneliness with the Campaign to End Loneliness, in collaboration with Brunel University London. Brunel University London, London, UK, 30th October 2017.
Recent conference presentations
Smith KJ, Gavey S, Riddel N, Victor C. Investigating the association between inflammation and loneliness: A systematic review (part of a symposium titled "Loneliness in older adults: Public health issue or moral panic"). Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 14th-19th November 2018.
Smith KJ, Kontari P. Risk of dementia associated with cardiometabolic abnormalities and depression. Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 14th-19th November 2018.
Smith KJ, Peterson M, Victor C, Ryan J. Incidence of dementia in adults with cerebral palsy: a UK cohort study. Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 14th-19th November 2018.
Smith KJ, Victor C. Investigating the longitudinal association between loneliness and cardiometabolic conditions. Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, USA, 14th-19th November 2018.
Smith KJ, Peterson M, O'Connell N, Victor C, Liverani S, Anoyade N, Ryan J. The incidence of common mental illness in adults with Cerebral Palsy (as part of mini-symposium titled "Ageing with Cerebral Palsy: perspectives from the UK and USA"). European Association of Childhood Disability meeting, Tbilisi, Georgia, 28th-31st May 2018.
Chan C, Smith KJ (presenting author), Cockhaw W, Holmes-Truscott E, Ventura A, Browne J, Speight J. The relationship between social support, diabetes distress and blood glucose levels in people with diabetes: Diabetes-MILES Australia. Diabetes UK professional conference, London, UK 14th-16th March 2018
University roles and responsibilities
- Co-director MSc Health Psychology
O’Connell NE, Smith KJ, Peterson MD, Liverani S, Anokye N, Victor C, Ryan JM (in press). Incidence of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory arthropathies in adults with cerebral palsy: a population-based cohort study. Bone, doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2019.05.007.
Ryan JM, Peterson MD, Ryan N, Smith KJ, O’Connell NE, Liverani S, Victor C, Anokye N, Allen E (in press). Mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory disease in adults with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14176.
Smith KJ, Peterson M, Victor C, O'Connell N, Liverani S, Aboyade N, Ryan J (2019). Risk of depression and anxiety in adults with Cerebral Palsy: a UK cohort study. JAMA Neurology 76(4): 294-300.
Shanahan P, Palod S, Smith KJ, Fife-Schaw C, Mirsa N (2019). Interventions for Sleep Difficulties in Adults with an Intellectual Disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 63(5): 372-385.
Kontari P, Smith KJ (2019). Risk of dementia associated with cardiometabolic dysregulation and depression: A longitudinal cohort study using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 34(2): 289-298.
Smith KJ, Victor C (2018). Typologies of loneliness, living alone and social isolation and their associations with physical and mental health (published online, first view). Ageing and Society, doi:10.1017/S0144686X18000132
Smith KJ, Deschenes S, Schmitz N (2018). Investigating the longitudinal association between anxiety and diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetic Medicine 35 (6), 677-693.
Smith KJ, Au B, Ollis L, Schmitz N (2018). The association between C-reactive protein, IL-6 and depression among older adults in the community: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Experimental Gerontology 102, 109-132.
Dean G, Orford A, Staines R, McGee A, Smith KJ (2017). Psychosocial wellbeing and health-related quality of life in a UK population with Usher syndrome. BMJ Open, 2017; 7:e013261. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013261
Schmitz N, Deschenes S, Burns R, Smith KJ, Lesage A, Strychar I, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Freitas C, Graham E, Awadalla P, Wang JL (2016). Depression and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: the potential role of metabolic factors. Molecular Psychiatry 21, 1726-1732.
Freitas C, Graham E, Deschenes S, Au B, Smith KJ, Schmitz N. Risk of Diabetes in older adults with co-occurring depressive symptoms and cardiometabolic abnormalities. PLoS One 11(5): e0155741.
Freitas C, Deschenes S, Au B, Smith KJ, Schmitz N (2016). Evaluating lifestyle and health-related characteristics of older adults with co-occurring depressive symptoms and cardiometabolic abnormalities. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 31(1): 66-75.
Lipscombe C, Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Schmitz N (2016). The association between lifestyle behaviors and diabetes distress in a community sample of adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes, 8(2): 269-278.
Schmitz N, Deschenes S, Burns R, Smith KJ (2016). Depressive Symptoms and Glycated Hemoglobin A1c: a Reciprocal Relationship in a Prospective Cohort Study. Psychological Medicine, 46(5): 945-955.
Smith KJ, Pedneault M, Schmitz N (2016). Investigation of anxiety and depression symptom co-morbidity in a community sample with type 2 diabetes: Associations with indicators of self-care. Canadian Journal of Public Health 106(8): 496-501.
Au B, Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Schmitz N (2015). The longitudinal associations between C-reactive protein and depressive symptoms: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(9), 976-984.
Clyde M, Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Schmitz N (2015). Assessing the longitudinal associations and stability of smoking and depression syndrome over 4 year period in a community sample with type-2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes,7(1): 95-101.
Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Schmitz N (2014). Self-reported utilization of diabetes healthcare in a Quebec community sample: Impact of depression status. Public Health, 128: 63-69.
Smith KJ, Mullally S, McLoughlin D, O’Mara S (2014). Validation of the Face-Name Pairs Task in Major Depression: Impaired recall but not recognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: article 92.
Schmitz N, Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Clyde M, Malla A, Boyer R, Strychar I, Lesage A, Wang JL (2014). Recurrent sub threshold depression in type 2 diabetes: an important risk factor for poor health outcomes. Diabetes Care, 37: 970-978.
Schmitz N, Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Malla A, Boyer R, Strychar I, LeSage A, Wang J (2014). Longitudinal relationships between depression and functioning in people with type 2 diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 47: 172-179.
Smith KJ, Rabasa-Lhoret R, Strychar I, Karelis AD, Clyde M, Levasseur J, Pinaroc C, Pedneault M, Schmitz N (2014). Good versus poor diabetes control: Differences in cardiovascular risk and self-care activities. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology 122: 236-239.
Au B, Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Schmitz N (2014). C-reactive protein, depressive symptoms, and risk of diabetes: results from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Journal of Psychosomatic Research,77(3), 180-186.
Smith KJ, Schmitz N (2014). Association of depression and anxiety symptoms with functional disability and disability days in a community sample with type 2 diabetes. Psychosomatics,55(6), 659-667.
Lipscombe C., Smith KJ., Gariepy G., Schmitz N (2014). The relationship between anxiety symptoms and physical inactivity in a community based sample of adults with Type-2 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes,38(6), 444-450.
Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Pedneault M, Clyde M, Beland M, Schmitz N (2013). Exploring the association of psychological status with self-rated diabetes control: Results from the Montreal Evaluation of Diabetes Treatment Study. Psychosomatics 54: 35-43.
Smith KJ., Beland M., Clyde M., Gariepy G., Page V., Badawi G., Rabasa-Lhoret R., Schmitz N (2013). Association of diabetes with anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 74(2), 88-99.
Schmitz N, Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Malla A, Wang JL, Boyer R, Strychar I, Lesage A. (2013). The pattern of depressive symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes: A prospective community study. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 74(2), 128-134.
Badawi G., Pagé V., Smith KJ., Gariépy G., Malla A., Wang J., Boyer R., Strychar I., Lesage A., Schmitz N (2013). Self-rated health: a predictor for the three year incidence of major depression in individuals with Type II diabetes. Journal of affective disorders 145: 100-106.
Clyde M, Smith KJ, Gariepy G, Schmitz N (2013). The association between smoking and depression in a Canadian community-based sample with type 2 diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 37: 150-155.
Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Schmitz N (2013). Diabetes distress and neighbourhood characteristics in people with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 75(2): 147-52.
Schmitz N, Gariepy G, Smith KJ, Malla A, Wang JL, Boyer R, Strychar I, Lesage A (2013). Trajectories of self-rated health in people with diabetes: associations with functioning in a prospective community sample. PLoS one 8(12): e83088.
Smith KJ, Page V, Gariepy G, Beland M, Badawi G, Schmitz N (2012). Self-rated diabetes control in a Canadian population with type 2 diabetes: Associations with health behaviours and outcomes. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 95(1): 162-168.
Smith KJ, Norris S, McKiernan S, Hynes B, O’Dwyer AM, O’Mara S (2012). An exploration of depressive symptoms in Hepatitis C patients taking Interferon-alpha: Increase in sickness behaviours but not negative cognitions. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology 2(3): 218-223.
Smith KJ, Norris S, O'Farrelly C & O'Mara SM (2011). Risk factors for the development of depression in patients with hepatitis C taking interferon-α: a review of literature. Neuropsychiatric disease and treatment 7, 275-292.
Ryan JM, Peterson MD, Ryan N, Smith KJ, O’Connell NE, Liverani S, Victor C, Anokye N, Allen E (in press). Incidence of non-communicable diseases in adults with cerebral palsy: a population-based cohort study. Accepted in Neurology, May 2019.
Reports and commentaries
Smith KJ (2018). Adults with cerebral palsy have high rates of depression and anxiety – new study. The conversation. Find at: https://theconversation.com/adults-with-cerebral-palsy-have-high-rates-of-depression-and-anxiety-new-study-107028
Smith KJ, Fife-Schaw C, Dibb B & Griffiths B (2018). Living with the impact of iron overload: Report from a large survey of people living with haemochromatosis. Commissioned by Haemochromatosis UK. Find at: http://haemochromatosis.org.uk/2017-survey/