A faculty member at Olivet since 2008, Dr. Smith teaches introductory psychology, cognitive psychology, psychology of learning, advanced statistics, and biostatistics and epidemiology. His specific interests include cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, statistical applications, and the epidemiology of mental health.
Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Smith worked for nearly three years at Mount Vernon (Ohio) Developmental Center in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and developmental disabilities, and taught for two years at Auburn University. While at Auburn, he received the Promotion of Excellence in Teaching and Learning award.
During his time at Auburn and now at Olivet, he has conducted research on memory, learning and psychological disorders. He also collaborates with researches at the University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center on research involving cognitive functioning in at-risk populations and mental health treatment.
On the topics of the teaching of psychology, memory, sleep disorders, cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, and mental health treatment, Dr. Smith has had numerous publications in professional journals and has given presentations at professional conferences. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the American Statistical Association (ASA), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).