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Brian Smith, PhD


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Brian Smith, PhD

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Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Social and Behavioral Health/Health Psychology, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2004
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology), PhD, 2001
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Experimental Psychology (Social Psychology), MS, 2000
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology, BS, 1996

Expertise and Interests

  • Effects of traumatic stress and PTSD on health, functioning, and well-being across life domains (e.g., work, family, health-related quality of life), with a focus on aging
  • Age- and gender-related differences in health mechanisms and outcomes associated with stress
  • The social context of health, including psychosocial risk and resilience factors and social psychological predictors of health-related behaviors and outcomes
  • Public health implications of trauma
  • Advanced statistical methods in health sciences research

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Health Psychology (American Psychological Association, div 38)
  • Association of VA Psychologist Leaders

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Social Psychology Doctoral Student of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2001
  • Psychology Honors, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996

Selected Publications

Smith, B.N., Wang, J. M., Vaughn-Coaxum, R. A., Di Leone, B. A. L., & Vogt, D. (2017). The role of postdeployment social factors in linking deployment experiences and current PTSD symptomatology among male and female veterans. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 30, 39-51. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2016.1188201

Vogt, D., Smith, B. N., Fox, A. B., Amoroso, T., Taverna, & Schnurr, P. P. (2016, online first). Consequences of PTSD for the work and family quality of life of female and male U.S. Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1321-5

Smith, B.N., Tyzik, A.L., Neylan, T.C., & Cohen, B.E. (2015). PTSD and obesity in younger and older veterans: Results from the Mind Your Heart Study. Psychiatry Research, 229, 895-900. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.07.044

Smith, B.N., Tyzik, A.L., & Iverson, K.M. (2015). Age-related differences in trauma exposure, PTSD symptomatology, and functional health and well-being in women veterans. Traumatology, 21, 128-135. doi:10.1037/trm0000039

Smith, B.N., Wang, J.M., Vogt. D., Vickers, K., King, D.W., & King, L.A. (2013). Gulf war illness: symptomatology among veterans 10 years after deployment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55, 104-110. doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e318270d709

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