Brad Smith
University of Houston, Primary Researcher

UH Principal Investigator

Bradley H. Smith earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the American Psychological Association Accredited Clinical Psychology track at the University of Arizona in 1996. During his clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, under the supervision of William E. Pelham, Jr., Dr. Smith began collaborating with Brooke Molina and Steven Evans to develop interventions for middle-school students with learning and behavior problems.

Work in this area has included the internationally recognized Summer Treatment Program for adolescents with ADHD, school wide interventions middle school students, and the Challenging Horizons after-school Program (CHP), which is on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

After serving on the faculty of the University of South Carolina from 1998 to 2013, Dr. Smith was hired as a professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston. His current teaching emphasis is training School Psychology Doctoral students to be sensitive community partners who advocate for the development and use of evidence-based practices. His research continues to focus on youth development programs, particularly those with a wilderness component.

He is currently leading an evaluation collaboration of LEAD (Letting Everyone Achieved Dreams) funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He is also striving to create a mindful college of education, studying ways to make mindfulness a part of the educational and social culture in diverse educational communities.