Dr Cordet Smart

Dr Cordet Smart

Associate Lecturer

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)


PhD Social Psychology - Understanding social influence differently: A discursive study of livery yards

MSc  Psychology - neuropsychology and developmental psychology
Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Education
BSc Hons Psychology (First)
BSc Adult Nursing

Professional membership

Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy
The British Psychological Society member
The British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section member

Roles on external bodies

The British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Committee member
Conference Officer, Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society.

Research interests

I engage in three main areas of research that have a substantive overlap, and reflect the diversity of my background.  
The Multi-Disciplinary-Teams in Action research project, which seeks to examine in detail the function of mental healthcare and Intellectual Disability Care teams in their face to face interactions.  I lead a team of researchers who are exploring a range of different aspects of team function, including how patient voices and experience is displayed, team dynamics (leadership, inter-professionalism and interpersonal dynamics and support), and team actions such as the formulation of clinical care programmes and diagnoses.  This research programme is based on a discursive methodology, and seeks to explore how a discursive social psychological position can contribute to the development of clinical practice in a meaningful and valuable way for clients, carers and staff.

My second area of research focuses more specifically on the theoretical understanding of social influence within society.  This includes the development of more language based understandings of how social influence can be understood, and an exploration of the challenges of doing this for discursive psychology.  I examine how social influence has been understood through experimental and cognitive models, and explore the meaning for this in terms of how groups are observed to function .

Thirdly, I have an interest in family systems research and using discursive methods to explore in detail how families negotiate issues and concerns that are important for their family functioning.  For example, in terms of how families together make sense of Chronic Fatigue, Autism, or bereavement and how this is displayed in patterns of interaction between family members.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Smart C, Page G, Shankar R & Newman C 2020 'Keep safe: The when, why and how of epilepsy risk communication' Seizure 78, 136-149 , DOI
Clancy D, Mitchell A & Smart C 2019 'A qualitative exploration of the experiences of students attending interprofessional Schwartz Rounds in a University context' Journal of Interprofessional Care 34, (3) 287-296 , DOI
Quinn C, Byng R, Shenton D, Smart CA, Mitchie S, Stewart A, Taylor R, Maguire M, Harris T & Shaw J 2018 'The feasibility of following up prisoners, with mental health problems, after release: A pilot trial employing an innovative system, for engagement and retention in research, with a harder to engage population' Trials , DOI PEARL
Smart C, Froomberg N & Auburn T 2018 'What a discursive understanding of interprofessional team meetings might reveal: an exploration of intellectual (learning) disability managers' performances' Journal of Interprofessional Care 1-10 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Byrne J, Smart CA & Watson G 2017 '“I Felt Like I Was Being Abused All Over Again”: How Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Make Sense of the Perinatal Period through Their Narratives' Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 26, (4) , DOI
Denman K, Smart C, Dallos R & Levett P 2016 'How Families Make Sense of Their Child’s Behaviour When on an Autism Assessment and Diagnosis Waiting List' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , DOI PEARL
Phoenix A, Brannen J, Elliott H, Smithson J, Morris P, Smart CA, Barlow A & Bauer E 2016 'Group Analysis in Practice: Narrative Approaches' Forum: Qualitative Social Research PEARL
Stuart K, Smart CA, Dallos R & Williams F 2015 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: How Families Talk about Psychological Phenomana, a ‘Delicate’ and Protected’ Topic' Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training
Snow K, Chesterton R & Smart CA 2014 'Making sense of dementia: Exploring the use of the Markers of Assimilation of Problematic Experiences in Dementia scale to understand how couple process a diagnosis of dementia' Dementia
Elliot H, Brannen J, Phoenix A, Barlow A, Morris P, Smart CA, Smithson J & Bauer E 2013 'Analysing qualitative data in groups: process and practice' National Centre for Research Methods.
Kokkonen T, Cheston R, Dallos R & Smart C 2013 'Attachment and Coping of Dementia Care Staff: The Role of Staff Attachment Style, Geriatric Nursing Self-Efficacy, and approaches to Dementia in Burn Out' Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Policy N/a, , DOI
Crix D, Stedmon, J, Smart C & Dallos R 2012 'Knowing ‘ME’ Knowing You: The Discursive Negotiation of Contested Illness within a Family' Journal of Depression & Anxiety 01, (04) , DOI
Dallos R, Denman K, Stedmon J & Smart C 2012 'The Construction of ADHD: Family Dynamics, Conversations and Attachment Patterns' Human Systems 23,
Dallos R & Smart C 2011 'An exploration of family dynamics and attachment strategies in a family with ADHD/ conduct problems' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry , DOI
Smart C & Auburn T 2018 Interprofessional Care and Mental Health A Discursive Exploration of Team Meeting Practices. Palgrave Macmillan
Smart CA, Dickenson J, Tremblett M, Mahlanga S & Aikman L 2018 'Healthcare meetings where the service user is absent: The ethical and values based implications for research' Interprofessional Care and Mental Health: A Discursive Exploration of Team Meeting Practices Palgrave MacMillan
Gibson S & Smart CA 2017 'Social Influence' in Gough B Handbook of Critical Social Psychology Pallgrave PEARL
Smart CA & Denman K 2017 'STUDENT AND SUPERVISOR EXPERIENCES OF LEARNING AND TEACHING CA AND DP FOR AUTISM FOCUSED RESEARCH: A REFLECTIVE APPROACH' in O'Reilly M A Practical Guide to social interaction research in autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
Smart C & Denman K 2017 'Student and Supervisor Experiences of Learning and Teaching Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology for Autism Spectrum Disorder Focused Research: A Reflective Approach' A Practical Guide to Social Interaction Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders Palgrave Macmillan UK 193-217 , DOI
Auburn TC, Smart C, Hanley Santos G, Annison J & Gilling D 2016 'Discovering Mental Ill Health: 'Problem-Solving' in an English Magistrates' Court' in O'Reilly M; Lester J The Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health: Discourse and Conversation Studies Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan 633-652 Publisher Site PEARL
Dallos R, Smart C & Denman K 2012 'Family dynamics, conversations and attachment patterns: The construction of ADHD' ADHD: Cognitive Symptoms, Genetics and Treatment Outcomes 35-60
Conference Papers
Smart C & Reed H 2018 'How Learning Disability Staff Advocate for Service Users and Carers in meetings where Service Users and Carers are Absent' British Psychological Society General Conference Nottingham 5-/-0/20189-/-0/2018
Smart CA, Madeleine T, Mhlanga S & Dickenson J 2016 'Healthcare meetings where the patient is absent: The ethical and values based implications for research' All Together Better Health Oxford University 9-/-0/20169-/-0/2016PEARL
Smart CA 2016 'A discursive re-definition of social influence' Social Psychology Section British Psychological Society 2016 Cardiff 8-/-0/20169-/-0/2016
Smart CA 2016 'Interrogating the notion of ‘social contexts’ using LD manager negotiations of service provision as an example' Social Psychology Section Conference 2016 Cardiff 8-/-0/20169-/-0/2016
Smart CA & Froomberg N 2016 'Examining group dynamics more closely: A Conversation Analysis study of how agenda change points are managed in LD healthcare service planning meetings' British Psychological Society Annual General Conference Nottingham 4-/-0/20164-/-0/2016PEARL
Tremblett M & Smart CA 2016 'Achieving patient-centred care in multidisciplinary teams: Examining interactions when raising a concern about a patient' British Psychological Society Annual Conference Nottingham 4-/-0/20164-/-0/2016PEARL
Smart CA, Froomberg N, Parish N, Aikman L & Auburn T 2015 'Clients bringing professionals together: Affiliation and alignment in psychology involved healthcare MDT meetings' British Psychological Society Social Section Conference 9-/-0/20159-/-0/2015PEARL