Ben Gurney-Smith


Board Role

Research Co-ordinator, Director


Practitioner in DDP, Consultant in DDP

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Ben Gurney-Smith


United Kingdom


Dr Ben Gurney-Smith is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over twenty years experience of work with children and families in the NHS, social care and third sector/charitable sector. He is currently Consultant Clinical Psychologist of a NHS general adolescent unit. Ben is also a Consultant for Clover Childcare Services in Norfolk which is in the latter stages of organisational certification in DDP.

He has worked with complex clinical presentations including looked after and adopted children, acute mental illness, across a range of settings including local authorities, care proceedings, mental health and secure accommodation.

Ben has co-authored research in examining the outcomes and experiences of families associated with DDP parenting and psychotherapy and has co-authored a book with Dan Hughes on DDP and mental health.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and as the Research Coordinator for DDPI, he is currently working with Prof. Helen Minnis on the RIGHT trial, RCT of DDP. His personal and professional ambition is to see a better evidence base for DDP and with it, hopefully greater access in the NHS for this model.


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Norfolk, East Region, England