Brian N. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Brian Smith
857.364.6196
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

A central focus of Dr Smith’s program of research is on examining the effects of traumatic stress and mental health sequelae on health, functioning, and well-being across life domains (work, family, health-related quality of life), particularly in the context of gender differences and aging. He is particularly interested in psychosocial factors and mechanisms that play a role in the effects of traumatic stress across the life course. The identification of modifiable risk and resilience factors (e.g., social, behavioral) operating in the wake of trauma and across the life course is a key focus, which includes research examining factors predictive of the post-deployment health and quality of life of male and female veterans. Examining the public health and health services implications of trauma is a theme that cuts across his research program. He also has a general interest in the application of advanced statistical methods in health sciences research. More generally, Dr. Smith has a long standing interest in examining the social context of health-related behaviors, mechanisms, and outcomes.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, MS
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, BS

Publications

  • Published on 9/1/2020

    Scioli ER, Smith BN, Whitworth JW, Spiro A, Esterman M, Dutra S, Bogdan KM, Eld A, Rasmusson AM. Moderated mediation for exercise maintenance in pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized trial. Health Psychol. 2020 Sep; 39(9):826-840. PMID: 32833484.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/25/2020

    Sienkiewicz ME, Amalathas A, Iverson KM, Smith BN, Mitchell KS. Examining the Association between Trauma Exposure and Work-Related Outcomes in Women Veterans. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 06 25; 17(12). PMID: 32630579.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/11/2020

    Marini CM, Pless Kaiser A, Smith BN, Fiori KL. Aging veterans' mental health and well-being in the context of COVID-19: The importance of social ties during physical distancing. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug; 12(S1):S217-S219. PMID: 32525383.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/1/2020

    Smith BN, Spiro A, Frayne SM, Kimerling R, Cypel Y, Reinhard MJ, Kilbourne AM, Magruder KM. Impact of Wartime Stress Exposures and Mental Health on Later-Life Functioning and Disability in Vietnam-Era Women Veterans: Findings From the Health of Vietnam-Era Women's Study. Psychosom Med. 2020 Feb/Mar; 82(2):147-157. PMID: 31714370.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/21/2019

    Sanders W, Smith BN, Fox AB, Vogt D. Five-Year Impacts of Family Stressors and Combat Threat on the Mental Health of Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans. J Trauma Stress. 2019 10; 32(5):724-732. PMID: 31433527.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/6/2018

    Vogt D, Danitz SB, Fox AB, Sanders W, Smith BN. Do functional impairments promote or hinder mental health treatment seeking: Differential results for women and men. Psychiatry Res. 2019 01; 271:614-620. PMID: 30791333.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/29/2018

    Maskin RM, Iverson KM, Vogt D, Smith BN. Associations between intimate partner violence victimization and employment outcomes among male and female post-9/11 veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2019 May; 11(4):406-414. PMID: 30372099.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/19/2018

    Fox AB, Smith BN, Vogt D. How and when does mental illness stigma impact treatment seeking? Longitudinal examination of relationships between anticipated and internalized stigma, symptom severity, and mental health service use. Psychiatry Res. 2018 10; 268:15-20. PMID: 29986172.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/28/2018

    Keefe JR, Wiltsey Stirman S, Cohen ZD, DeRubeis RJ, Smith BN, Resick PA. In rape trauma PTSD, patient characteristics indicate which trauma-focused treatment they are most likely to complete. Depress Anxiety. 2018 04; 35(4):330-338. PMID: 29489037.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Iverson KM, Vogt D, Maskin RM, Smith BN. Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Associated Implications for Health and Functioning Among Male and Female Post-9/11 Veterans. Med Care. 2017 Sep; 55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2:S78-S84. PMID: 28806369.

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