Dr. Smith joined MSP in 2009 as Associate Faculty and has been a member of the Core Faculty since 2010. She shares in the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of the academic programs of MSP and teaches several clinical and theoretical courses, including Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy, Identity Formation, Lifespan Development, Group Psychotherapy, and Psychotherapy of Trauma. She uses experiential teaching methods and brings her clinical experience into the classroom.
Dr. Smith provides supervision for students in clinical training, advises PsyD I students, and mentors student independent scholarship projects. Dr. Smith has also served as one of the faculty advisors for IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Alliance) since 2017. In 2018, she started a human trafficking task force at MSP. Students voluntarily meet 1-2 times per term for additional training regarding domestic human trafficking. Some students choose to obtain the Shared Hope International Ambassador of Hope certificate online and facilitate presentations on human trafficking in the community. The general purpose of this task force is to raise awareness about the realities of trafficking in our state, build competency in assessment skills, ensure familiarity of resources, and to encourage dialogue and advocacy when students and faculty step outside of MSP.
Dr. Smith maintains a general private practice in Ferndale and has pursued advanced study and supervision related to trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment theory, and reproductive psychology. In recent years, her clinical and academic work advocates for women and children with complex trauma in both medical and legal realms.
- PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
- MA, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
- BA, University of Michigan
- Michigan Fully Licensed Psychologist
- Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Complex Trauma and Dissociation
- Domestic Human Sex Trafficking
- Somatic or physical manifestations of distress
- Spirituality and Holistic Medicine Healing Practices
- Treatment of Eating Disorders
- Pregnancy & Postpartum Adjustment
- Attachment Theory and Relational Psychotherapy
- Birth Complications for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse
- Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy
- Creativity in Psychotherapy & Teaching
Buzolits, J.S., Abbey, A., Kittredge, K. & Smith, A. (2021). Managing Trauma Exposure and Developing Resilience in the Midst of COVID-19. In COVID-19: Volume I: Global Pandemic. Societal Responses, Ideological Solutions. Ryan, J.M. Ed. Routledge.
Buzolits, J.S. & Smith A. (2020, February) Trauma Psychology: A Key Component of Multicultural Psychology. 37th Annual Winter Roundtable at Teachers College Columbia University. New York, NY, United States.
Bach, L., Buzolits, J.S., & Smith A. (2020, February) The Art and Science of Experiential Learning: Enhancing Meaning and Personal Relevance for All Students. 37th Annual Winter Roundtable at Teachers College Columbia University. New York, NY, United States.
Smith, A.. & Buzolits, J.S. (2020) Teaching Trauma: Breaking the silence in the classroom. International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, United States. (Conference Cancelled).
Smith, A. (2019, May 11). Building awareness and preparing for action: Domestic human sex trafficking. Continuing education workshop presented at the Michigan School of Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.
Smith, A. (2019, January 26). Building awareness and preparing for action: Domestic human sex trafficking. Continuing education workshop presented at the Michigan School of Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.
Smith, A. (2018, January 31). Building awareness and preparing for action: Domestic human sex trafficking. Continuing education workshop presented at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.
Houston, J. & Smith, A. (2017, March). Development of coping skills: Maternal influence. Poster presented at the Division 32 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Smith, A. & Lutz, J. (2015). Trafficked women have eating disorders too: Don’t look away. Poster presented at the Renfrew Center Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Smith, A. & Lutz, J. (2015, June). Trafficked girls and women have babies too: Preparing medical and mental health professionals not to look away. Presented at Postpartum Support International Conference, Plymouth, MI.
Smith, A. (2015, March). There are no gated communities: Preparing students and mental health providers to address domestic human sex trafficking close to home. Panel presentation at the Division 32 Conference, Chicago, IL.
Smith, A. (2015, March). Revolutionizing the ‘other’: Presentations on the experience of being multi-racial/multi-ethnic. Panel presentation at the Division 32 Conference, Chicago, IL.
Smith, A. (2015, March). Four authors in search of love: Implications of the film “HER” for understanding love relationships in the post-millennial world. Panel presentation at the Division 32 Conference, Chicago, IL.
Smith, A. (2013, February). Sitting with darkness: The therapist’s experience of sitting with people who have faced human horrors. Presentation at the Division 32 Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.
- American Psychological Association
- Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology
- Division 56, Division of Trauma Psychology
- International Society for the Study of Trauma
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
Q & A
- What are your research interests?
Students tend to seek consultation and dissertation advisement from me when studying a wide range of issues related to trauma, eating disorders, women’s issues, and psychotherapeutic factors.
- What do you like most about teaching students at MSP?
The students are very engaged in the learning process and value both self-directed and experiential learning opportunities. The mentoring role of core faculty affords time to prepare students for the real-world demands of a career in psychology.