Smith, Jan

Dr Jan Smith

Lecturer in Psychology
Department of Psychology
Dr Jan Smith joined Glasgow Caledonian University as a Lecturer in Psychology in October 2020. Jan is a Practitioner Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a Chartered Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Jan has an avid interest in psychology, with particular interests in health psychology, research and mental health.

Her qualifications include: PhD in Community Care (2013, University of Kent); Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Applications in Psychology (Newman University College, 2011); MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (2006; University College London); MSc in Health Psychology (2005; University of Westminster) and a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology (University of Kent, 2003). Jan most recently completed her health psychology practitioner training with the National Health Service (NHS) Education for Scotland (NES) Stage 2 Health Psychology training programme alongside placement support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Jan intends to work towards additional qualifications in Higher Education in order to support her Lecturer in Psychology position.

Jan has accumulated over 15 years postgraduate psychology experiences across the United Kingdom (UK). Previous experiences included the application of psychological practices within the NHS, UK universities, along with the third and private sectors. Jan made the move into Higher Education at GCU, in order provide structured psychological learning to students and demonstrate how psychological principles could be practically applied in diverse environments including the NHS, industry, public and private sectors.

Additionally, Jan has supported students from undergraduate to doctoral level and has begun to support doctoral trainees at GCU. Jan looks forward to supporting GCU students by providing constructive, supportive, collaborative and empowering practices and strives to work towards producing more inclusive learning environments for all GCU students.

As an evidence based practitioner, Jan continues to publish and contribute to psychological understandings through psychological related outputs and has authored or co-authored a number of peer reviewed publications on psychologically relevant areas. Her current research interests include:
· Management of long term health conditions
· Understanding health behaviours, health conditions and lived experiences of people from minority populations
· Understanding service quality, quality of life outcomes and lived experiences of vulnerable people in community care settings
· Developing and applying behaviour change theory and practice to digital health interventions
· Applying reflective and reflexive practice in psychology with sensitivities to social justice, inclusion and equality.

Jan is also a member of several professional bodies, including the BPS, HCPC and is Committee member for the BPS Division of Health Psychology Scotland Committee.

Overall, Jan is passionate about Higher Education and looks forward to helping students and aspiring Psychologists reach their full potential!