Phillip N. Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology

Dr. Smith is accepting new graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

Education

National Institute of Mental Health, National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York

APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship, Southwest Consortium Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

M.A. Psychology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

M.S. Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania

B.A. Psychology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania


Current Projects

JagConnect Campus Suicide Prevention Program: The JagConnect program at the University of South Alabama is designed to address the needs of the more than 15,000 students, faculty, and staff through a multi-level, public health approach to suicide prevention. The program aims to establish a sustainable infrastructure that results in increased access to mental health services for those at risk for suicide by promoting mental health treatment resources and increasing knowledge and awareness about suicide risk factors in students, faculty, and staff. The program also aims to attend to the specific needs of student Veterans and members the LGTBQ community. The JagConnect program is supported by a grant from the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


Recent Publications

Poindexter, E.K., Nazem, S., Barnes, S.M., Hostetter, T.A., & Smith, P.N. (in press). Veteran participation in intensive suicide research protocols: No evidence of iatrogenic effects. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior.

Mandracchia, J.T., Sylvara, A.L., Wikowsky, A.J., Tieman, K.L., & Smith, P.N. (in press).  An exploratory analysis of violent offending and the acquired capability for suicide in male prisoners. The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.  

Granato, S., Boone, S., Kuhlman, S., & Smith, P.N. (in press). Violence Victimization and Perpetration in Relation to Fearlessness about Death in Suicidal Psychiatric Inpatients. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

McDermott, R.C., Smith, P.N., Borgogna, N., Booth, N., Granato, S., & Sevig, T. (in press). College Students' Conformity to Masculine Role Norms and Help-seeking Intentions for Suicidal Thoughts: Examining Contextual Variables. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

Smith, P.N., Stanley, I.H., Joiner, T.E., Sachs-Ericsson, N.J., & Van Orden, K.A. (2016). An aspect of the capability for suicide—fearlessness of the pain involved in dying—amplifies the association between suicide ideation and attempts. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 650-662. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2016.1162245

Smith, P.N., Kuhlman, S., Wolford-Clevenger, C., Faulk, R., D’Amato, D., & Granato, S. (2016). Interpersonal trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and the interpersonal theory of suicide in women seeking shelter from intimate partner violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 25, 812-830. DOI: 10.1080/10926771.2016.1214937


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology-Online

Directed Study in Suicide, Trauma, & Violence Research

First Year Seminar

Graduate Courses

Advanced Practicum in Psychotherapy and Assessment

Advanced Practicum in Interventions for Suicide, Posttraumatic Stress, & Personality Disorders

Introduction to Applied Psychology and Diagnostic Interviewing

Introductory Practicum in Psychotherapy

Seminar on Suicide: Risk Assessment and Clinical Interventions


Research Funding

2016 – 2019 Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SM062490). Role: Principal Investigator.

2013 – 2015 Clinical Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health. Role: Principal Investigator.

2013 Faculty Development Council Research Grant, University of South Alabama. Role: Principal Investigator. 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Support & Development Award, University of South Alabama. Role: Principal Investigator.

2012 College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Summer Research Grant, University of South Alabama. Role: Principal Investigator.

2012 – 2015 Young Investigator Grant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (YIG-0-10-286). Role: Principal Investigator.

2011 – 2013 Young Investigator Grant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (YIG-0-10-293), Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Jon Mandracchia, Ph.D.).

2010 – 2012 Clinical Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health. Role: Principal Investigator.

2009 – 2011 Early Career Training Grant, National Institute of Mental Health (T32MH020061). Role: National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow (PI: Yeates Conwell, M.D.).