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Ann Smith, PsyD
Core Faculty

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 102
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Smith has been a Core Faculty member at MSP since the fall of 2010, following a one year appointment as Associate Faculty.  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, Psychopathology, and Trauma Psychology. These courses lend themselves well to experiential teaching methods, as well as provide her with the opportunity to bring her clinical experience into the classroom.  She also provides supervision for several students in clinical training.

Dr. Smith’s personal study and consultation groups gravitate toward a blend of contemporary psychoanalytic, existential-humanistic psychotherapy, and holistic interventions specific to the presenting concerns.  Dr Smith believes that physical and mental health is inextricably intertwined and practices in a way that blends creative interventions into traditional psychotherapy for those with complex difficulties.

She maintains a general private practice in Bloomfield Hills and focuses on the treatment of eating disorders & weight management, pregnancy and postpartum disorders, adolescents, and relationship issues. Dr. Smith has pursued advanced study and supervision related to eating disorders, trauma, and pregnancy and postpartum disorders.  In recent years, her clinical and academic work seems to be steering toward advocacy for women with complex trauma in both medical and legal realms.

She is involved in other professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (Divisions 32 and 56), The Michigan Society for Integrative Psychoanalytic Studies, The Academy of Eating Disorders, Postpartum Support International and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services.


  • PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • MA, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • BA, University of Michigan


  • Michigan Fully Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Eating Disorders & Weight Management
  • Complex Trauma
  • Pregnancy & Postpartum Disorders
  • Birth Complications for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse
  • Intersubjectivity in Psychotherapy
  • Creativity in Psychotherapy & Teaching


Smith, A. (2012, March). Speaking a similar dialect: How humanistic psychology can inform the prenatal and birthing experience for both the practitioner and the patient. Presentation at Birth Psychology conference, San Francisco, CA.

Smith, A. (2012, August). Evidence in support of humanistic-existential psychology – Revitalizing the ‘third force.’ Panel presentation at Division 32 Conference, Orlando, FL.

Smith, A. (2012, March). Dialect speaking a similar dialect: How humanistic psychology can inform the prenatal and birthing experience for both the practitioner and the patient. Presentation for Division 32 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Smith, A. (2012, March). Toward being-oriented frames for graduate training: A dialogue. Discussant on panel at Division 32 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Smith, A. (2011, February). It’s time to talk about it: Trauma and eating disorders. Presentation for Beaumont Hospital Eating Disorders Awareness Week, MI.

Smith, A. (2010, September). Mothering the mother: Assessment and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum disorders. Clinical training presentation for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, Farmington Hills, MI.

Smith, A. (2010, April). Mothering the mother: Coping with postpartum blues. Presentation for the Better Living Series at the Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MI.


*Green, A. E., Dymek-Valentine, M., Pytluk, S., le Grange, D., & Alverdy, J. (2004). Psychosocial outcome of gastric bypass surgery for patients with and without binge eating. Obesity Surgery, 14(7) 975-985.

* Former name

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 32
    • Division 56
  • The Michigan Society for Integrative Psychoanalytic Studies
  • The Academy of Eating Disorders
  • Postpartum Support International
  • 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.