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Research groups


Kirsten Smith

MA (HONS), DClinPsy, DPhil, mBPsS

Anxiety & Trauma (Ehlers)

  • Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow
  • Clinical Psychologist

Research Interests

My interests include psychological and neurobiological responses to traumatic experiences and the clinical translation of experimental research. My research is focused on increasing our understanding of the processes involved in an intense or prolonged grieving process or Complicated Grief (CG) with a view to developing more effective psychological treatments to manage distress.

I am a trustee on the board of a registered charity providing free facilitated group support to those who have lost loved ones to cancer ( In acknowledging the scale and impact of loss to cancer, we aim to encourage discussion, provide information and raise awareness through our bereavement support services across the UK.

The Loss Foundation #IWontGoQuiet

The Loss Foundation campaign highlighting the impact of going silent when those around us become bereaved. Pledging to acknowledge the loss and taking steps to demonstrate that you care care can have a big impact on reducing social isolation in this vulnerable population.