Stevens S. Smith, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine

After earning his Ph.D. in psychology in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Stevens Smith completed a research fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Addiction Research Center in Baltimore, Md.

He then returned to UW-Madison to pursue postdoctoral training in clinical psychology and preventive oncology. Dr. Smith is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; in addition, he is a clinical investigator at UW-CTRI and is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

As a clinical scientist, Dr. Smith has been involved in several lines of research concerning addiction and psychopathology. Before joining UW-CTRI in 1992, Dr. Smith conducted psychological and molecular genetic research on vulnerability to addiction at NIDA.

At UW-CTRI, Dr. Smith has been involved in numerous studies investigating behavioral and pharmacotherapy treatments for nicotine dependence, the nature and measurement of nicotine withdrawal and dependence, and quitline-based delivery of tobacco cessation treatments.  He also provides biostatistical consultation and services for UW-CTRI scientists and staff.

In addition, Dr. Smith has a special interest in health disparities research aimed at reducing the negative health and social effects of addictive tobacco use in American Indian individuals and communities.

In 2008, Dr. Smith received a three-year $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to conduct a smoking cessation clinical trial with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. This study will test a new cessation treatment tailored for American Indian smokers versus a standard treatment. The goal is to learn how best to help American Indians quit commercial tobacco use, in order to reduce smoking-related health disparities in their communities.

In addition to conducting clinical research, Dr. Smith maintains an outpatient clinical practice as a licensed psychologist at UW Health West Clinic.

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