Dr. Jeanette Smith is a psychologist who has been working at Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 2001. She obtained her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara with High Honors and Distinction in the Major. Her PhD is in clinical psychology from West Virginia University, where she obtained the Outstanding Graduate Career award. She then completed her Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research interests have been in parental problem-solving, social skills, pain management, and psychological aspects of medical illness.
At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Dr. Smith is responsible for inpatient and outpatient assessment and intervention for children, adolescents, and families – primarily with issues of chronic, terminal, or sudden illness. She developed and obtained APA Accreditation in the first year of the Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program. For the past 1 ½ years, Dr. Smith is now involved with the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinic, as the Mental Health Coordinator. In this position, she oversees the depression and anxiety screening of all of the pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Smith also provides therapy to adult and pediatric individuals with CF. She supervises doctoral students who also provide therapy to adults and pediatric individuals with CF. Throughout her work, Dr. Smith helps to promote Resilience for Life for individuals with CF. As part of the Resilience for Life programming, Dr. Smith has developed and organized CF Spouse Support Workshops, Parent Workshops, Sibling Day, and presentations for staff and family members on resiliency.