Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab | Allison Smith, PhD

Allison Smith
Attending Psychologist in the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center
Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Allison Smith earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in pediatric psychology from the University of Rhode Island, after completing numerous externships in pediatric psychology at Hasbro Children's Hospital and completing her APA-accredited internship in pediatric psychology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Smith then completed postdoctoral training at the Pain Treatment Service at Boston Children's Hospital, where she was also an international trainee with the Pain in Child Health (PICH) Training Initiative. Dr. Smith is currently an active member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and American Pain Society.

Dr. Smith currently works with pediatric chronic pain patients at the PPRC, a multidisciplinary, day-hospital intensive rehabilitation program combining PT, OT, and psychology treatment. Dr. Smith's pediatric pain research encompasses measure development, treatment development and evaluation, understanding the overlap between anxiety and chronic pain presentations, and examining parent factors that may exacerbate and maintain pediatric chronic pain. Currently, Dr. Smith is involved with studies developing screening tools for identifying youth and parent risk, examining parents' understanding of pediatric chronic pain in the community at large, and implementing and evaluating a graded exposure-based intervention for youth with elevated fear of pain (the GET Living Program).