Back to top

Matthew J. Smith

Matthew J. Smith, PhD, is an Associate 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 prisons to improve employment and mental health outcomes for transition-age youth with educational disabilities, adults with severe mental illness and/or other disabilities, and returning citizens.


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 Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 


Dr. Smith is currently the principal investigator on six active projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Kessler Foundation and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research.