Ben Gurney-Smith


Board Role

Research Co-ordinator, Director


Practitioner in DDP, Consultant in DDP

Membership Number




Ben Gurney-Smith


BSc. (Hons). Psychology, D.Clin.Psych.


United Kingdom


Dr Ben Gurney-Smith is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over twenty years experience of work with children and families.  He is the Clinical Lead for the Therapy Teams at Adoptionplus who offer a pioneering service to adoptive families with a multi-disciplinary preventative approach across childhood to promote recovery through stable and secure relationships and timely interventions including DDP.  He has extensive experience of working with the unique needs of looked after and adopted children across a range of settings including local authorities, care proceedings, mental health and secure accommodation.  Ben is also a Consultant for Clover Childcare Services in Norfolk which aside from consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections has DDP as it's central model and is beginning the process of organisational certification.

Alongside his clinical practice, Ben has co-authored research in examining the outcomes and experiences of families associated with DDP parenting and psychotherapy and the role of mindfulness as an intervention to address parenting stress in adoption.  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 and her team on the recently awarded NIHR grant to trial DDP with fostered and adopted children and their families.  He has also collaborated with Jon Baylin in teaching and more recently with Dan Hughes in writing about the application of DDP to child mental health.  He has contributed to several DDP conferences over the years with a primary focus on researching the evidence for DDP.