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Steve Smith, Ph.D.

Steve Smith
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Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Personality assessment; Therapeutic assessment; Psychodynamic psychotherapy; Clinical sport psychology; Supervision


BA, Psychology, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Predoctoral Internship (child and adult psychology), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Postdoctoral fellowship (child and adult psychology, clinical neuropsychology), Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Dr. Smith earned his BA in psychology from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin before returning to his homeland of Arkansas for graduate training in clinical psychology. En route to earning his Ph.D., he decided that clinical assessment was a decent fit and that the Rorschach was a compelling mystery. On internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he fell in love with the brain and spent the next two years ankle-deep in neuropsychology. After his postdoctoral fellowship, he was hired as the Director of Consultation Neuropsychology and staff child psychologist at Mass General. At some point, he realized that he had a burning need to conduct research and spend time with clever graduate students, so he joined the faculty of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) at UC-Santa Barbara.

At UCSB, he continued to conduct research on therapeutic uses of assessment, diversity in assessment, psychometrics, and even a few things about the Rorschach. He was promoted to tenure in 2008 and assumed the role of Director of Clinical Training of the APA-Accredited Combined Ph.D. Program at that time. Since then, he has supervised graduate students and taught graduate-level courses in personality assessment, neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, ethics, history and systems, and a few other courses that he can no longer recall.

As a life-long endurance athlete, he turned his attention to the clinical needs of athletes a few years ago, eventually serving as the Consulting Psychologist for the Division I Department of Athletics at UCSB. He opened his private practice in clinical sports psychology in 2010 (Sport Psychology and Research Center, SPaRC).


Websites and Other Relevant Links: 

Private practice: SPaRCCal.com

Selected Publications: 

Smith, S.R., & Krishnamurthy, R. (Eds., Under contract).  Diversity-sensitive personality assessment.  New York:  Routledge.

Chang, J. & Smith, S.R. (in press).  An exploration of how Asian Americans respond on the Personality Assessment Inventory.  Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Blais, M.A. & Smith, S.R. (2014).  Improving the integrative process in psychological assessment:  Data organization and report writing.   In R.P. Archer & S.R. Smith (Eds.). Personality Assessment, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Routledge.

Smith, S.R., & Archer, R.P. (2014).  Introducing personality assessment.  In R.P. Archer & S.R. Smith (Eds.).Personality Assessment, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Routledge.

Archer, R.P. & Smith, S.R. (2014).  Personality Assessment, 2nd Edition.  New York:  Routledge.

Smith, J.D., Eichler, W.E., Norman, K.R., & Smith, S.R. (submitted).  A Pragmatic Multiple Baseline Study of a Therapeutic Model of Assessment for Psychotherapy Consultation.

Smith, S.R.., Chang, J., Patz, S., Kochinski, S.B. & Nowinski, L.A.  (2010). Initial validity of the Logical Rorschach in the assessment of trauma, Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 222-231.

Smith, S.R., Gorske, T.M., Wiggins, C., Little, J.A. (2010).  Personality assessment use by clinical neuropsychologists.  International Journal of Testing, 10, 6-20.

Kochinski, S., Smith, S.R., Baity, M.R., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2008).  Rorschach correlates of adolescent self-mutilation.  Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 72, 54-77.

Smith, S.R.(2007).  Making sense of multiple informants in child and adolescent psychopathology:  A guide for clinicians.  Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 25, 139-149. 

Smith, S.R.,Bistis, K., Zahka, N.E., & Blais, M.A. (2007). A perceptual-organizational approach to understanding the Rorschach task.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21,789-799.

Smith, S.R., Chang, J., Schnoebelin, K.A., Edwards, J.W., Servesko, A.M., & Walker, S.J. (2007).  The psychometrics of a simple method of scoring organizational scoring approach to the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure.  Journal of Neuropsychology, 1, 39-51.

Smith, S.R.Wiggins, C.M., & Gorske, T.T. (2007).  Examining psychological assessment feedback practices. Assessment, 14, 310-319.

Smith, S.R.(2007).  Integrating neuropsychology and personality assessment with children and adolescents.  In S.R. Smith and L. Handler (Eds.) The clinical assessment of children and adolescents:  A practitioner’s guide.  Mahwah, NJ: LEA.

Smith, S.R. & Handler, L. (2007; Eds.)  The clinical assessment of children and adolescents: A practitioner’s guide.  Mahwah, NJ: LEA.

Smith, S.R., Hilsenroth, M.J., Baity, M.R., & Knowles, E.S. (2003). Assessing patient and therapist perspectives of process: A revision of the Vanderbilt Psychotherapy Process Scale.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, 57, 195-205.

Smith, S.R., Baity, M.R., Knowles, E.S., & Hilsenroth, M.J. (2001).  Assessment of disordered thinking in children and adolescents:  The Rorschach Perceptual-Thinking Index.  Journal of Personality Assessment, 77, 447-463.



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