Graduate Degree

  • University of Rhode Island , 2013 , Kingston , RI


  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , 2013 , Philadelphia , PA


  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2014 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

My training instilled in me a sense of cura personalis -care for the whole person, and a fascination with the connection between physical and psychological health. At BCH, I specialize in pediatric chronic pain, where the mind-body relationship is particularly salient. I deeply value helping others to understand these connections and teaching strategies to manage pain and improve functioning.


Dr. Smith's early academic and clinical experiences and academic path led her to pediatric psychology organically. She began her formal education in psychology at the University of Scranton, where psychology's blend of science and practice appealed to her intellectual curiosity and desire to facilitate health and well-being in the lives of young people. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island, with a focus in child, family, and development psychology. During her graduate education, she pursued clinical training experiences in childhood anxiety and in pediatric health psychology at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI, followed by her pre-doctoral residency in Pediatric Psychology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital. These experiences, in addition to her previous position at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center (PPRC), have prepared her well for her current role in the Pediatric Headache Program.


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  1. Perceptions of Pain Treatment in Pediatric Patients With Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Clin J Pain. 2020 07; 36(7):550-557. View abstract
  2. Back to Living: Long-term Functional Status of Pediatric Patients Who Completed Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment. Clin J Pain. 2018 10; 34(10):890-899. View abstract
  3. Feeling the Pressure to Be Perfect: Effect on Pain-Related Distress and Dysfunction in Youth With Chronic Pain. J Pain. 2018 04; 19(4):418-429. View abstract
  4. Living Life With My Child's Pain: The Parent Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (PPAQ). Clin J Pain. 2015 Jul; 31(7):633-41. View abstract