Portrait of Dr Lucy Goldsmith Dr Lucy Goldsmith

l.p.goldsmith@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471157


I joined the University of Huddersfield as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in August 2015 to advance research in the areas of informed consent and sexual health. I previously worked in Research and Development for Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, where I was investigating quality of life in dementia patients and researching the clinical utility of different outcome measures in mental health.

I gained my PhD from the University of Manchester for which I investigated the causal effect of the therapeutic alliance on outcome in talking therapies for psychosis, and therapist effects in psychological therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome. For these analyses, I also researched the statistical properties of the methods used.

I have undergraduate degrees in both psychology and physics, and have been lucky enough to obtain research council funding for undergraduate summer research projects in both subjects, which led to published work about the subjective psychological effects of antidepressants. I also published my BSc project from my undergraduate psychology degree, which was a Foucauldian discourse analysis into voice hearer’s accounts of hearing voices.

Research and Scholarship

I am interested in understanding mental health challenges and improving mental health across all population groups (including general population individuals who would never come into contact with mental health services). Within mental health populations, I am particularly interested in psychosis and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in the context of social and psychological approaches. I am also interested in comorbidities and the connections between physical and emotional wellbeing and innovation in health service delivery.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Goldsmith, L., Dunn, G., Bentall, R., Lewis, S. and Wearden, A. (2015) ‘Therapist effects and the impact of early therapeutic alliance on symptomatic outcome in chronic fatigue syndromePLoS ONE . ISSN 1932-6203

Goldsmith, L., Lewis, S., Dunn, G. and Bentall, R. (2015) ‘Psychological treatments for early psychosis can be beneficial or harmful, depending on the therapeutic alliance: an instrumental variable analysisPsychological Medicine , 45 (11), pp. 2365-2373. ISSN 0033-2917


Goldsmith, L (2012) ‘A discursive approach to narrative accounts of hearing voices and recoveryPsychosis , 4 (3), pp. 235-245. ISSN 1752-2439


Goldsmith, L. and Moncrieff, J. (2011) ‘The Psychoactive Effects of Antidepressants and their Association with SuicidalityCurrent Drug Safety , 6 (2), pp. 115-121. ISSN 1574-8863


I am a peer reviewer for the academic journals:

  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Psychosis: Social, Psychological and Integrative Approaches

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising research in the areas of innovations in informed consent for medical procedures, sexual health in service user populations, psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, general population wellbeing and mental health, critical approaches in mental health. I have expertise in quantitative methods and Foucauldian discourse analysis.