Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences
Dr. Smith's main area of research focuses on stress and coping, with emphases on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer persons and persons living with or affected by HIV. Specific areas of interest include discrimination and resilience, lesbian/gay/bisexual identity, and primary and secondary prevention of HIV. Currently, his research focuses on the intersection of minority stress and health behaviors among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer persons. He is currently conducting studies to examine and intervene on HIV risk behaviors among gay and bisexual men, using a syndemic lens to understand the continued high incidence of HIV among this population, as well as studies on tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer individuals. Dr. Smith's secondary lines of research focus on bereavement, gender issues, and professional and training issues in counseling psychology.