A faculty member at Olivet since 2008, Dr. Smith teaches cognitive psychology, psychology of learning, advanced statistics and physiological psychology. His specific areas of interest are memory and cognition, and cognitive disorders/dementia; and he specializes in applied memory research.
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 neuropsychological disorders. He also collaborates with researches at the University of Chicago on research involving cognitive functioning in at-risk populations.
On the topics of the teaching of psychology, memory, and cognitive functioning in at-risk populations, Dr. Smith has had several publications in professional journals and has given presentations at professional conferences. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Psychonomic Society, the American Statistical Association, and several other professional organizations.