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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 about opportunities to join the research team.

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


Treatment, Innovation & Dissemination Research Group
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  • Simulated Clinician Assessment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills - Year 4 Supplemental Funding

  • 099509 - Sub of F046895 - MICHR Pilot RND 25 Smith

  • Simulated Clinician Assessment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills (Yr 3)

  • Social Cognitive Skills Training for Work

  • Virtual Interview Training for Adults with TBI

  • Virtual Interview Training for MDOC Vocational Villagers

  • Simulated Clinician Assessment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

  • Improving Employment and Reducing Recidivism among Prison Offenders via Virtual Reality Job-Interview Training

  • Simulated Clinician Assessment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills

  • Can Peer Support Specialists Deliver Technology-Based Job Interview Training for People with Psychiatric Disabilities? An Assessment of Community Needs and Priorities

  • Virtual Reality Job Interview Training to Enhance Supported Employment for Adults with SMI

  • Virtual Job Interview Training for Transition Age Youth with ASD

  • Virtual Reality Job Interview Training in the Illinois Secondary Transitional Experience Program

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