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 7/22/2021

    Mitchell KS, Masheb R, Smith BN, Kehle-Forbes S, Hardin S, Vogt D. Eating disorder measures in a sample of military veterans: A focus on gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Psychol Assess. 2021 Jul 22. PMID: 34292003.

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  • Published on 6/24/2021

    Nixon RDV, King MW, Smith BN, Gradus JL, Resick PA, Galovski TE. Predicting response to Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A machine-learning approach. Behav Res Ther. 2021 Sep; 144:103920. PMID: 34252700.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/21/2021

    Sienkiewicz ME, Iverson KM, Smith BN, Mitchell KS. Associations between eating disorder symptoms, employment status, and occupational functioning among female veterans. Eat Behav. 2021 08; 42:101536. PMID: 34182295.

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  • Published on 4/5/2021

    Jaffe AE, Kaysen D, Smith BN, Galovski T, Resick PA. Cognitive Processing Therapy for Substance-Involved Sexual Assault: Does an Account Help or Hinder Recovery? J Trauma Stress. 2021 Aug; 34(4):864-871. PMID: 33821515.

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  • Published on 1/22/2021

    Lawrence KA, Vogt D, Dugan AJ, Nigam S, Slade E, Smith BN. Mental Health and Psychosocial Functioning in Recently Separated U.S. Women Veterans: Trajectories and Bi-Directional Relationships. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 01 22; 18(3). PMID: 33498982.

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  • Published on 12/3/2020

    Galovski TE, Smith BN, Micol RL, Resick PA. Interpersonal violence and head injury: The effects on treatment for PTSD. Psychol Trauma. 2021 Mar; 13(3):376-384. PMID: 33271049.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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