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Mashana Smith, Ph.D.


Mashana Smith joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2019 after previously working for the Center from 2012-2014. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical and community psychology, with a large focus on urban children’s mental health. Her work has been primarily centered on school-based mental health, including training of school-based mental health professionals in evidence-based aggression-prevention, depression and trauma-focused interventions. Dr. Smith has a particular emphasis on childhood and adolescent trauma. Specifically, Dr. Smith’s interest focuses on the interface of school climate and trauma-informed practices and the role of child-serving trauma-informed systems in the promotion of mental health and resilience among youth.

Within the Center for Childhood Resilience, Dr. Smith’s activities focus on both the development and sustainability of trauma-sensitive school districts and more broadly, the establishment of school-based behavioral health infrastructures that address the needs of at-risk students. Within these bodies of work, Dr. Smith interests lie in education and mental health policy, programming and practices. Dr. Smith is also on faculty at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith received her B.A. degree from Hampton University, and her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University. She completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a National Institute for Mental Health Prevention Research in Urban Children’s Mental Health fellow.

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