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Matthew J. Smith

Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Matthew J. Smith

Matthew J. Smith, PhD, MSW, MPE, LCSW, received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed post-doctoral fellowships in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis and in translational neuroscience at Northwestern University. Smith also completed a fellowship on leading randomized controlled trials to evaluate behavioral interventions through the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Smith is the director of the NIH-Funded Level Up: Employment Skills Simulation Lab. The mission of his lab is to develop and evaluate technology-based interventions to help obtain and sustain employment for people from marginalized and underserved communities. Specifically, Smith partners with members of the autism, mental health and returning citizen communities to develop employment-focused tools and evaluate them in real world settings such as high schools, community mental health agencies and prisons. The Level Up Lab has been funded through the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH110524, R34 MH111531, R44 MH123359, R01 MH112625), the National Institute of Justice (2019-MU-MU-0004), the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (90IFRE0031), and the Kessler Foundation (1003-1958-SEG-FY2016). See research link below for more information on these projects.

Research Interests/Focus

Autism; Schizophrenia; Technology-based Interventions and Trainings; Social Neuroscience


Year Degree   School
2006 PhD Social Welfare University of Wisconsin, Madison
2008 MPE Psychiatric Epidemiology Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2000 MSW Social Work IP/MH University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1998 BS Psychology University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Level Up Lab
Treatment, Innovation & Dissemination Research Group

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