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Bradley H. Smith

Title: Adjunct Professor
University of Houson
Department: Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Department of Psychology


Dr. Bradley H. Smith earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 1996. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Smith was a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo, New York. He joined the faculty at USC in 1998. He is currently an associate professor of Psychology who is active in both the Community-Clinical and School Psychology Programs

Dr. Smith is interested in promoting evidence-based practice in applied professions, especially clinical, community, and school psychology. His program of research is characterized by a series of investigations of popular interventions that have not received sufficient empirical scrutiny. The first instance of this work was novel research supporting the efficacy of using methylphenidate (the active ingredient in Ritalin and Concerta) to treat adolescents with ADHD. In contrast, Dr. Smith's studies of widely used social norming interventions designed to prevent or reduce college student drinking found no empirical support. Likewise, in his initial work on school-based mentoring, Dr. Smith and colleagues found few benefits and perhaps some harm for a typical school based mentoring intervention. Subsequent changes in the mentoring protocol have found some positive results and Dr. Smith and colleagues are endeavoring to improve school based mentoring in a manner that is feasible and acceptable in public middle schools. Dr. Smith is also investigating yoga as an intervention for school children, which is a promising but largely untested intervention with regard to school outcomes.

Dr. Smith's major focus is the Challenging Horizons Program (CHP), which is a multimodal after-school and summer program for students in grades 2 to 8. Each semester this innovative program involves dozens of USC students in service-learning experiences that meet an important community need and prepare USC students for professional careers. Graduate students under Dr. Smith's direction take major roles in providing day-to-day services and conducting research on innovations or additions to the program. In 2009, the CHP was recognized by the After-School Alliance with the "After-School Innovator Award." Also, in 2009 the CHP received the "Literacy Champions Award" from the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee. In 2011, the CHP was added to the National Registry of Evidence based Programs and Practices.

Dr. Smith's teaching is mostly in the areas of research methods, child/family interventions, and service-learning. Dr. Smith also mentors a large number of undergraduate and graduate students in their own independent research.

Specific classes include:

  • Research Methods (graduate and undergraduate)
  • Child and Family Therapy Practicum (Graduate)
  • Child and Family Interventions (Graduate)
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology (mixed graduate and undergraduate)

Representative Publications:

Flory, K., Molina, B.S.G., Pelham, W.E., Jr., Gnagy, B., & Smith, B.H. (in press). ADHD and risky behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, .

Smith, B.H., Bogle, K., Talbott, L., Gant, R., & Castillo, H. (in press). A randomized study of birthday cards designed to prevent high-risk drinking during 21st birthday celebrations. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, .

Langberg, J. & Smith, B.H. (in press). Developing Evidence-Based Interventions for Deployment into School Settings: A Case Example Highlighting Key Issues of Efficacy and Effectiveness. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, .

Smith, B., Mazetti, G., Molina, B., Waschbusch, D., & Pelham, W.E. Jr. (in press). The Deployment Focused Intervention Development Model: School Wide Interventions as an Example. In S. Evans, M. Weist, & Z. Serpell (Eds.), Advances in School-Based Mental Health, Volume 2. .

Pender, C.A. & Smith, B. H. (in press). Frequently asked questions about ADHD. In T.G. Plante (Eds.), Abnormal Psychology in the 21st Century, Volume III: Biology and Function. New York: Prager.

Smith, B.H. (2006). Rear end validity: A caution. In Bootzin (Eds.), Festschrift for Lee Sechrest. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Smith, B.H., Barkley, R.A., Shapiro, C. J. (2006). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In E.J. Mash & R. A. Barkley (Eds.), Treatment of Childhood Disorders, 3rd edition. New York: The Guilford Press.

Molina, B.S.G., Smith, B.H., & Pelham, W.E., Jr. (2005). A school-wide program to improve behavior and achievement in a public middle school: Implementation, satisfaction, and effectiveness. Journal of Attention Disorders, 9, 333-342.

Smith, B.H. & Green, E.P. (2005). Psychopathy or Sociopathy? A Review of. The Corporation. PsycCritiques, .

Smith, B.H., Barkley, R.A., & Shapiro, C.J. (2005). Combined Treatments. In R.A. Barkley (Eds.), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Third Edition. New York: Guilford.

Evans, S.W., Molina, B.S.G., & Smith, B.H. (2005). Getting Started in Treatment Development of Middle-School Based Services. Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology Newsletter, .

Smith, B.H. (2005). Psychopathy and Crime. Encyclopedia of Criminology. New York: Taylor and Francis.
Stamper, G., Smith, B.H., Gant, R., & Bogle, K. (2004). Replicated Findings of an Evaluation of a Brief Intervention Designed to Prevent High-Risk Drinking Among First-Year College Students: Implications for Social Norming Theory. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 48, 53-72.

Smith, B.H., Cole, W., Ingram, A.D., & Clement, K. (2004). Screening for ADHD among first-year college students: Psychometrics and implications for early intervention programs. ADHD Report, 12, 6-10.

Smith, B.H. (2004). Changing Misperceptions About College Student Drinking: Evaluation of a Small-Group, Peer-Led Social Norming Intervention. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Education, 47, 71-87.

Snell-Johns, J., Mendez, J., & Smith, B.H. (2004). Evidence-based solutions for overcoming access barriers, decreasing attrition, and promoting change with under-served families. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 19-35.

Smith, B.H., Stamper, G.A., & Gant, R.L. (2003). Alcohol and other drugs. In J. Gardener & J. Jeweler (Eds.), Your First Year Experience, 5th ed. .

Smith, B.H. (2003). Social Norms Theory to Reduce Problematic Drinking Among College Students: It is time for Experimentation, not Dissemination. International Center for Alcohol Policy Invited Opinion Series. , .

Smith, B.H., Molina, B.G., & Pelham, W.E., Jr. (2002). The clinically meaningful link between ADHD and Alcohol. Alcohol Research and Health, 26, 122-129.

Shapiro, C.J., & Smith, B.H. (2002). Parent guidance and consultation. In D. Kaye, M. Montgomery, S. Munson (Eds.), Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Molina, B., Smith, B., & Pelham, W. E. (2001). Factor structure and criterion validity of secondary school teacher ratings of ADHD and ODD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 29, 71-82.

Evans, S. W., Pelham, W. E. Jr., Smith, B.H., Steven W. Evans, Bukstein, O., Gnagy, E. M., Greiner, A. R., Altenderfer, L., Baron-Myak, C. (2001). Dose-Response Effects of Methylphenidate on Ecologically-Valid Measures of Academic Performance and Classroom Behavior in Adolescents with ADHD. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 9, 1-10.

Smith, B.H., Waschbusch, D., Willoughby, M., & Evans, S. (2000). The Efficacy, Safety, and Practicality of Treatments for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 3, 243-267.

Smith, B.H., Pelham, W. E., Jr., Gnagy, E.,Molina, B., & Evans, S. (2000). The reliability, validity, and unique contributions of self-report by adolescents being treated for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 489-499.

Pelham, W. E., Jr. & Smith, B. H. (1999). Prediction and measurement of individual responses to Ritalin by children and adolescents with ADHD. In L. G. Greenhill & B. B. Osman (Eds.), Ritalin: Theory and Practice, Second Edition. New York: Mary Ann Liebert.

Molina, B., Smith, B., & Pelham, W. E. (1999). Interactive effects of ADHD and CD on early adolescent drug and alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 13, 348-358.

Smith, B.H., Pelham, W.E. Jr., Evans, S., Gnagy, E., Molina, B., Bukstein, O., Greiner, A., Myak, C., Presnell, M., & Willoughby, M. (1998). Dosage effects of methylphenidate on the social behavior of adolescents diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 6, 187-204.

Smith, B.H., Pelham, W.E.Jr., Gnagy, E., & Yudell, R. (1998). Equivalent effects of stimulant treatment for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder during childhood and adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37, 314-321.

Hengeller, S.W., Smith, B.H., & Schoenwald, S.K. (1994). Key theoretical and methodological issues in conducting treatment research in the juvenile justice system. Journal of Child Clinical Psychology 23, 143-150.

Sechrest, L., & Smith, B. (1994). Psychotherapy is the practice of psychology. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 4, 1-29.

Sechrest, L., Babcock, J., & Smith, B. (1993). An invitation to methodological pluralism. Evaluation Practice, 14, 227-235.

Babcock, J., Smith, B., & Sechrest, L. (1992). Assessing Construct Validity in Community Evaluations: A Multitrait-Multimethod Approach. ERIC database number ED353304, .

Smith, B. & Sechrest, L. (1991). Treatment of Aptitude X Treatment interactions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 59, 233-244.

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