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Matthew J. Smith

Matthew J. Smith, PhD, is an Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Smith’s primary motivation is to reduce social isolation for underrepresented groups through enhancing their opportunities to obtain and sustain employment.


Dr. Smith’s main research interests focus on developing and evaluating technology-based interventions that can be delivered in high schools, community mental health agencies and criminal justice settings to improve employment and mental health outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities, adults with severe mental illness and/or other disabilities, and justice involved youth and adults.


Dr. Smith received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed post-doctoral fellowships in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis and in translational neuroscience at Northwestern University. In addition, he completed a fellowship on leading randomized controlled trials to evaluate behavioral interventions through the National Institute of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. 


Dr. Smith is the PI on research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH110524, R34 MH111531, and R01 MH132656), National Institute of Justice (2019-MU-MU-0004), the Kessler Foundation (1003-1958-SEG-FY2016) and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (UM1TR00404). Additional funding for the Level Up Lab and trainees has been funded through the National Institute of Mental Health (R44 MH123359, R01 MH112625, K18 MH122847) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (90IFRE0031).