Catherine Smith

Assistant Professor, Psychology

B.S., Newcomb College of Tulane University
M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office Location: Memorial Hall
Phone: 615.547.1338
Dr. Smith joined Cumberland in Fall 2009 as Director of the Psychology program. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Newcomb College of Tulane University (1990) and an M.A (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her dissertation work, Dr. Smith explored the ability of young children to use symbols, particularly to use a doll as a symbol for the self.   At Cumberland, Dr. Smith currently serves on the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Committee.
Prior to coming to Cumberland, Dr. Smith worked as a Research Associate at Vanderbilt’s Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement (previously the Center for Mental Health Policy) for 10 years, during the last 5 years of which she also served as Deputy Director of the Center. Responsibilities included helping to lead a staff of approximately 30 individuals through the work required to meet the terms of 4 to 5 federally-funded research grants in any given year. Topics included the effects of feedback on primary care physicians’ work with children being evaluated for ADHD, the effects of teacher feedback on principal leadership, the effectiveness of character education program in public schools, and the effectiveness of the screening program currently being used with service members returning from deployment. Dr. Smith was a project planning and launch specialist, and was first author on the Center’s chapter about data management and data standards. While working at the Center, Dr. Smith was also pleased to teach several semesters of Statistics in the Department of Psychology and Human Development. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Dr. Smith has lived in Watertown, about 15 minutes from Cumberland, for more than 10 years. She and her family are very involved with Historic Watertown – she has previously served as Treasurer, and her husband, John, has been the Vice President for several years. Dr. Smith has also written grants to support the city’s police and fire departments, it’s very successful Jazz Festival, including writing grants that helped the Festival (now a Music and Arts Festival) to bring Maynard Ferguson (in 2003) and Ellis Marsalis (in 2004) to town, and to support the building of an open-air Farmer’s Market pavilion.
Recent Publications:
Smith, C.M., Breda, C.B., Simmons, T.M., Vides de Andrade, A., & Bickman, L. (2009).  Data Preparation and Data Standards: The Devil Is in the Details. In A. Stiffman (Ed.), The Field Research Survival Guide.  Oxford University Press.
Bickman, L.B., Smith, C.M., Lambert, E.W., & Andrade, A.R. (2003). Evaluation of a Congressionally Mandated Wraparound Demonstration. Journal of Child and Family Studies.