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Matthew J. Smith

Associate Professor 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. Dr. 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. His primary research interests focus on developing and evaluating technology-based interventions that can be delivered in high schools, community mental health agencies and prisons to improve employment and mental health outcomes for transition-age youth with educational disabilities, adults with severe mental illness and/or other disabilities, and returning citizens.

Dr. Smith is currently the principal investigator on five projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Kessler Foundation and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research. See research link below for more information on these projects.

Dr. Smith's research team includes full-time staff, postdocs and graduate students. Please email smithumlab@umich.edu about opportunities to join the research team.

Research Interests/Focus

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

Education

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

Websites

Treatment, Innovation & Dissemination Research Group
Level Up Lab
Year Description
2022 Bornheimer, L. A., Humm, L., Kallen, M. A., Coles, M. E., Mastroleo, N., Vas, S., & Smith, M. J. (2022). Validity and Acceptability of a CBT Skills Assessment Tool for Simulated Training in The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Poster presentation at the Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2022 Smith, M. J., Parham, B., Mitchell, J., Blajeski, S., Harrington, M., Ross, B., Brydon, D. M., Johnson, J. E., Cuddeback, G., Smith, J. D., Bell, M. D., McGeorge, R., Kaminsky, K., Suganuma, A., & Kubiak, S. P. (2022). Virtual Interview Training for Adults Receiving Prison-Based Employment Services: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility and Initial Effectiveness Trial. Poster presentation at the Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2022 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., Dawalt, L., & Bishop, L. (2022, February). Transitioning to Adulthood: Interventions to Guide the Way for Autistic Youth. Symposium presentation at the 2022 International Neuropsychological Association. Virtual Meeting.
2022 Smith, M. J. & Sherwood, K. (2022, March). Virtual Job Interviewing Training: Community Partners, Teaching Practices and Students Getting Jobs. 82nd Annual Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Hybrid Conference.
2022 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., Dawalt, L., & Bishop, L. (2022, May). Virtual Interview Training for Transition-Age Autistic Youth: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility and Initial Effectiveness trial. Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.
2022 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Oulvey, E. A., Atkins, M. S., Danielson, E., Jordan, N., & Smith, J. D. (2022, May). Scale Out Evaluation of Virtual Interview Training in Pre-Employment Transition Services. Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.
2021 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., Smith, L. D., Bishop, L., Humm, L., Elkins, J., & Steacy, C. (2021, April). Virtual Interview Training for Transition-Age Autistic Youth: results of a randomized controlled feasibility and effectiveness trial. Poster presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Parham, B., Smith, M. J., Mitchell, J., Blajeski, S., Harrington, M., Ross, B., Brydon, D. M., Johnson, J. E., Cuddeback, G., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., Bell, M. D., McGeorge, R., Kaminsky, K., Suganuma, A., & Kubiak, S. P. (2021, January). Virtual reality job interview training reduces job interview anxiety in returning citizens: preliminary findings from a prison-based randomized controlled trial. Poster presentation at the 26th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Bornheimer, L. A., Wojtalik, J. A., Li, J., Cobia, D., & Smith, M. J. (2021). Symptoms of psychosis, depression, and suicide ideation among individuals in a first episode of psychosis: The mechanistic role of clinical insight and cognitive functioning. Virtual poster presentation at the 29th European Congress of Psychiatry conference.
2021 Bornheimer, L. A., Smith, M. J., Humm, L., Vas, S., Coles, M. E., Mastroleo, N., Stewart, E., & Acenowr, C. (2021). Acceptability of a CBT Skills Assessment Tool for Simulated Clinical Training in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Poster presentation (virtual) at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 55th Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.
2021 Bornheimer, L. A., Smith, M. J., Humm, L., Vas, S., Mastroleo, N., & Coles, M. E. (2021, December). Acceptability of an innovative simulated clinical training assessment tool for CBT skills in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Poster presentation (virtual) at the Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation.
2021 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Ross, B., Smith, J. D., Smith, L. D., Bishop, L., Humm, L., Elkins, J., & Steacy, C. (2021, January). Virtual interview training for transition-age autistic youth: a randomized controlled trial. In M.J. Smith (Chair) Culturally-Tailored and Behavioral Interventions Supporting Autistic Youth, Adults and Their Families. Symposium presentation at the 26th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Smith, M. J., Eack, S., Son, E., & Magaña, S. (2021, January). Culturally-Tailored and Behavioral Interventions Supporting Autistic Youth, Adults and Their Families. Symposium Chair (Smith MJ) Symposium Presented at 26th Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2021 Smith, M. J., Bornheimer, L. A., Li, J., Blajeski, S., Hiltz, B., Fischer, D., Tucker, K., & Ruffolo, M. (2021, January). Training social work students using computerized clinical training simulations with clients abusing alcohol. In L. Goldkind (Chair) Exploring Digital Interventions in Social Work Practice: From Micro to Macro. Symposium presentation at the 26th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Sherwood, K., Genova, H., Bishop, L., Dawalt, L., Smith, J. D., Harrington, M., Wellman, H., & Smith, M. J. (2021, January). Initial validation and correlates of a novel measure of job interview skills for autistic transition-aged youth. Symposium presentation at the 26th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Atkins, M. A., Jordan, N., Van Ryzin, M., & Smith, J. D. (2021, April). Virtual reality job interview training in pre-employment transition services: a dose effect analysis. Roundtable session at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting.
2021 Bornheimer, L. A., Wojtalik, J. A., Li, J., Cobia, D., & Smith, M. J. (2021). Clinical Insight and Cognitive Functioning as Mechanisms in the Relationships between Psychosis symptomatology, depression, and Suicide Ideation among Individuals in a First Episode of Psychosis. Invited symposium presentation at the 2021 Congress of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS).
2021 Smith, M. J. (2021, November). Virtual Interviewing Training within Pre-Employment Transition Services. Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 2021 Virtual Conference.
2020 Sherwood, K., Smith, M. J., & Smith, L. D. (2020). Preliminary Outcomes in Transition-Age Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders Engaged in a Newly Adapted Virtual Interview Tool. Poster presentation at the annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2020 Smith, M. J., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., Bell, Mueser, K., McGurk, S., Oulvey, G., & Razzano, L. (2020). Preliminary Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Job Interview Training within Supported Employment. Poster presentation at the annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2020 Genova, H. M., DiBenedetto, M., Smith, M. J., Krch, D., Morecraft, J., Lancaster, K., DeLuca, J. (2020, February). Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Job Interview Tool for Adolescents with Autism in a School Setting. Poster presentation at the International Neuropsychological Society, Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
2020 Bornheimer, L. A., Wojtalik, J. A., Li, J., Cobia, D. J., & Smith, M. J. (2020, January). The Relationship between Cognition and Suicidal Ideation Among Individuals with Psychosis, Oral presentation at the 25th annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2020 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., & Atkins, M. (2020, January). Employment and implementation outcomes for delivering a school-based virtual reality job interview training tool to transition-age youth with educational disabilities. Oral presentation at the 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research conference, Washington, DC.
2020 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., & Atkins, M. (2020, April). Results of an open trial to evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of virtual reality job interview training in n=279 transition age youth with educational disabilities. Symposium Oral presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2020 Smith, M. J., Sherwood, K., Smith, J. D., Jordan, N., & Atkins, M. (2020, May). Results of an open trial to evaluate the effectiveness of virtual reality interview training in transition age autistic youth. Oral presentation at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Seattle, WA.
2019 Ruffolo, M., Smith, M. J., Hiltz, B., Fischer, D., Brown, S. (2019). Virtual reality simulations to enhance evidence-based practice skills: implementation strategies and challenges. Workshop presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting (APM), Denver, CO.
2019 Cobia D., Gale S., Lindsey H., Hedges D., Wyman C., Smith M. J., Csernansky J. G., Wang L., & Yolken R. H. (2019, April). Cytomegalovirus seropositivity is associated with regional cortical thinning in schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for International Research on Schizophrenia, Orlando, FL.
2019 Smith M. J., Smith J. D., Fleming M. F., Jordan N., Bell M. D., Mueser K. T., McGurk S. R., Oulvey E. A., & Razzano L. A. (2019, April). Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial to evaluate virtual reality job interview as an enhancement to the individual placement and support model of supported employment. Poster presented at the 2019 Biennial Meeting of the Society for International Research on Schizophrenia, Orlando, FL.
2019 Cobia, D., Smith, M. J., Rich C., Csernansky J. G., & Wang L. (2019, February). Basal ganglia shape features differentiate schizoaffective disorder from schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New York City, NY.
2019 Smith M. J., Pinto R. M., Dawalt L., Smith J. D., Sherwood K., Miles R., Taylor J., Hume K., Dawkins T., Baker-Ericzen M., Frazier T., Humm L., & Steacy C. (2019, May). Adapting Virtual Reality Job-Interview Training for Transition-Age Youth on the Autism Spectrum. Poster presented at the International Society for Autism Research, Ontario, Canada.
2019 Smith M. J., Pinto R. M., Dawalt L., Smith J. D., Sherwood K., Miles R., Taylor J., Hume K., Dawkins T., Baker-Ericzen M., Frazier T., Humm L., & Steacy C. (2019, January). Adapting virtual reality job interview training for transition-age youth on the autism spectrum. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Work and Research. San Francisco.
2019 Smith M. J. (2019, July). Virtual Job Interview Training Enhances Transition Services, Oral presentation at the Summer Institute for the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education. Traverse City.
2019 Smith M. J. (2019, July). Virtual Reality Job Interview Training: Supporting Decarceration and Reentry Initiatives. Annual Meeting for the Correctional Education Association. Detroit.
2018 Cobia D., Paxton H., Smith M. J., Csernansky J. G., & Wang L. (2018, February). Subcortical features of dorsolateral prefrontal circuitry in neuropsychologically near-normal schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society.
2018 Smith M. J. & Fox J. M. (2018, January). Default Mode Functional Connectivity Predicts Social Functioning in Schizophrenia. Symposium Oral Presentation at the 2018 Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Work and Research. Washington DC.
2018 Alden E. C., Cobia D. J., Reilly J. L., Wang L., Alpert K. I., Csernansky J. G., & Smith M. J. (2018, February). Verbal working memory and hippocampal surface anatomy in high and low functioning schizophrenia. Oral presentation at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
2018 Smith M. J., Smith J. D., Fleming M. F., Jordan N., Bell M. D., Mueser K., McGurck S., & Razzano L. (2018, August). Preliminary Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Job Interview Training for Adults with SMI enrolled in IPS. Oral presentation at the 24th Mental Health Services Research Conference for the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD.
2018 Graham A. K., Smith M. J., Sax R. M., Spencer E., Razzano L. A., & Jordan N. (2018, November). The cost to install a virtual reality job interview training program for adults with severe mental illness. In S.N. Vas (Chair) Closing the treatment gap: Technological applications of evidence-based interventions for treatment and training. Symposium presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2017 Cobia D., Smith M. J., Csernansky J. G., & Wang L. (2017, February). Hippocampal shape features relate to limbic integrity and episodic memory function in neuropsychologically near-normal schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Petersen J., Cobia D. J., Wang L., Csernansky J. G., & Smith M. J. (2017, March). The Relationship Between Changes in Cortical Thickness and Cognitive Empathy in Individuals with Schizophrenia. Poster presented at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research. San Diego, CA.
2017 Cobia D., Perry C., Gale S., Hedges D., Smith M. J., Wang L., & Csernansky J. G. (2017, March). Toxoplasma gondii affects posterior association cortex and related functions in healthy, but not schizophrenia, individuals. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, San Diego, CA.
2017 Smith M. J., Jordan N., Smith J. D., Brown C. H., Humm L. B., Olsen D. E., Fleming M. F., Bell, M. D. (2017, January). Enhanced Interviewing Skills from Virtual Reality Job Interview Training Help Emerging Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Adults with Severe Mental Illness Obtain Job Offers in the Community. Oral Presentation at 2017 Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Smith M. J., Shattuck P., Smith L., Bishop-Fitzpatrick L., & Baker-Erikzen M. (2017, January). Evidence-Based Practices Targeting Vocational Readiness and Outcomes for Emerging Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Symposium Chair, Symposium Presented at 2017 Annual Meeting for the Society of Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Smith M. J., Smith J. D., Brown C. H., Fleming M. F., Humm L. B., Olsen D., Bell M. D. (2017, March). Virtual Reality-Enhanced Job Interview Skills Help Individuals with Severe Mental Illness Obtain Job Offers. Oral presentation at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research. San Diego, CA.
2016 Smith M. J., Humm L. B., Olsen D. E., Bell M. D., Fleming M. F. (2016, May). 6-Month Follow-Up After Virtual Job Interview Training in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Paper presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Atlanta, GA.
2016 Fox J. M., Abram S. V., Alden E., & Smith M. J. (2016, February). Default Mode Functional Connectivity Predicts Working Memory in Low Functioning Schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 44th International Neuropsychological Society, Boston, MA.
2016 Karpouzian T. M., Schroeder M. P., Abram S. V., Reilly J. L., & Smith M. J. (2016). Neural Correlates of Facial Affect Perception in High and Low Functioning Individuals with Schizophrenia. Poster presentation at the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Florence, Italy, April.
2016 Alden E., Cobia D. J., Reilly J. L., & Smith M. J. (2016). Cortical and Subcortical Abnormalities in Working Memory Neurocircuitry in High and Low Functioning Individuals with Schizophrenia. Poster presentation at the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Florence, Italy, April.
2016 Abram S. V., Wisner K. M., DeYoung C. G., Smith M. J., MacDonald A. W. III (2016). A Dimensional Approach to Elucidating the Neural Basis of Psychotic Spectrum Traits. Paper presented at the Schizophrenia International Research Society. Florence, Italy, April.
2016 Smith M. J., Humm L. B., Olsen D. E., Bell M. D., Fleming M. F. (2016). 6-Month Follow-Up After Virtual Job Interview Training in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Paper presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Atlanta, GA, May.

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