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California School of Professional Psychology

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Advanced Clinical Skills: Complex Trauma's impact on Brain, Body, and Health; Advanced Clinical Skills: Health Psychology Symposium; Advanced Psychopathology; Clinical and Ethical Issues; Observation and Interviewing; Research, Proposal and Design; Psychodiagnostic Assessment

Complex trauma and children and adolescents; neuropsychologically informed interventions for complex trauma, including yoga, music, movement, affect regulation; trauma and juvenile, runaway, and throaway populations; ethnocultural symptoms of trauma; complex trauma and physical health; risky behaviors of adolescents; increasing diversity in the health workforce

Smith, S.F. (in press). What History Can Teach Us: Implications for the Conceptualization and Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma in Women. Women and Therapy.

Caspi,Y., Ghafoori, B., Smith, S.F., Contractor, A. (2013). On the Importance of Considering Culture When Defining Trauma. Traumatic StressPoints, 27(5).

Contractor,A., Smith, S., Johnson, L., Ghafoori, B, Caespi, Y, Triffleman, E. (2013). Importance of Attending to Cultural Issues in Trauma Scholarship. Traumatic StressPoints, 27(2).

Smith, S.F. (2013). Extending Evaluation Beyond Academic Performance and Career Attainment. Case Study: Huckleberry Wellness Academies. In Doyle, L. (Ed.), CHPC Evaluation Compendium: UCLA, Hispanic Center of Excellence.

Smith, S. F. (2012). A multifaceted view of complex trauma: From Freud to neuroscience, with a little behaviorism as well. Psyccritiques, 57(27), doi:10.1037/a0028829

Ford, J.D & Smith, S.F. (2008). Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Trauma-Exposed Adults Receiving Public Sector Outpatient Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment. Addiction Research and Theory, 16 (2), 193-203.

Spinazzola, J., Ford, J., Zucker, M., van der Kolk, B., Silva, Smith, S., Blaustein, M., (2005). Survey Evaluates Complex Trauma Exposure, Outcome and Intervention Among Children & Adolescents. Psychiatric Annals, 35(5), 433-439.

Macy, R. D., Behar, L. Paulson, R., Delman, J., Schmid, L., & Smith, S. F. (2004). Community Based Acute Post Traumatic Stress Management: A Description and Evaluation of a Psychosocial Intervention Continuum. Harvard Psychiatric Review, 12(4).

Cook, A.B., Blaustein, M., Spinazzola, J., van der Kolk, B.(Eds). (2003). Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents. White Paper from the Child Traumatic Stress Network Complex Trauma Task Force.

Smith, S. (2014, January). Neurophysiological Impact of Complex Trauma on PreK, K, and 1st graders. Invited Training. Seneca Building Blocks. Alameda, CA.

Smith, S. (2013, June). Interaction of Trauma and Health Behaviors: Invited Presentation. Women's Community Clinic. San Francisco

Smith, S. (2013, May). Complex Trauma and Health: Invited Presentation. UCSF/SFGH Trauma Recovery Center. San Francisco.

Smith, S. (2013, May). Affect Regulation and Complex Trauma: Invited Presentation. Women's Community Clinic. San Francisco.

Smith, S. (2013, October). Community Based Response. SFPA/Red Cross Conference: Treating Trauma in a Disaster - Basics and Beyond. San Francisco, CA

Smith, S. 2012, May). Overview of R-PAS Coding: Invited Presentation. CSPP at Alliant International University. San Francisco.

Smith, S. (2012, December). Adolescent Development and Trauma: Invited Presentation. Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. San Francisco

Smith, S. (2012, January). Working With Adolescent Survivors of Complex Trauma: invited Presentation. Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. San Francisco

Smith, S. (2012, October). Developmental Impact of Complex Trauma on Children: Invited Presentation. Court Appointed State Advocates - San Francisco Chapter

Smith, S. (2012, April). Working with Adolescents Survivors of Complex Trauma, Part 2 applied: Invited Presentation. Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc. San Francisco.

Smith, S. (2009). Evaluating Health Pipeline Programs: HYP as a model. California Wellness Foundation Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Academic History and Background

PhD, University of Connecticut-2003

M.A. Education, Stanford University-1994

B.A. Psychology and English, Georgetown University

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY20772), California; private practice

Member, American Psychological Association: Division 38, Health Psychology & Division 56, Trauma Psychology

Member, International Society Traumatic Stress Studies Chair, Diversity and Cultural Competence Special Interest Group Member, Diversity Committee Contributing Editor, Traumatic StressPoints

Member, County of San Diego Trauma-informed Advisory Board

Professional Practice and Community Service

Trauma Consultant, trainer, and psychotherapist - private practice

Psychological and Cognitive Assessments - private practice

Consultant to Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc: program evaluation and trauma informed services

Supervisor, Huckleberry Youth Programs Teen Health Program, San Rafael

Supervisor, Women's Community Clinic, San Francisco

Bio and Links

Stefanie F. Smith, PhD, is an Associate Professor at California School for Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and licensed Californian psychologist in private practice. She is also the chair for the Cultural Diversity Special Interest Group for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and a contributing editor to Stresspoints. Formerly, she was a HSA Assistant Clinical faculty member at the University of California-San Francisco in the Child and Adolescent Support Advocacy and Resource Center (CASARC) and she has worked at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts as a clinician, trauma-focused assessor, research coordinator, and acute responder.

Dr. Smith has experience presenting and training in the area of child trauma, adult trauma, complex trauma, and post traumatic stress disorder at the local, national, and international levels, including presentations at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Current foci include the neurophysiological impact of complex trauma, body-based interventions for trauma, and the impact of trauma on health.

Articles in the field of trauma include "Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents", a white paper for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; “Survey Evaluates Complex Trauma Exposure, Outcome and Intervention Among Children & Adolescents,” Psychiatric Annals; "Community Based Acute Post Traumatic Stress Management: A Description and Evaluation of a psychosocial Intervention Continuum", in the Harvard Psychiatric Review, 12(4); and “ What History Can Teach Us: Implications for the Conceptualization and Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma in Women,” Women and Therapy.

Other projects include "The Yoga Study", which looked at the effects of yoga on HRV (heart rate variability) and as an intervention for PTSD in adult women (a pilot study that laid the foundation to the first ever NIH grant in yoga and trauma) and researching the efficacy of Classroom-Based Intervention using movement, music, play, art, and drama for preventing trauma-related disorders in children. She currently works on helping develop trauma-informed practices for the San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services and for Huckleberry Youth Programs, Inc, a nonprofit in San Francisco.