Western Kentucky University

School of Nursing Staff - Lynette Smith

Lynette Smith, PhD, PMHNP, FNP

Lynette Smith, PhD, PMHNP, FNP

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program

Office:  Medical Center Health Complex 3334
Phone:  270-745-3487
Email:  lynette.smith@wku.edu


Dr. Smith graduated from Indiana State University with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1985, a Baccalaureate in Nursing in 1999, and a Masters Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in 2001. She received a post-Masters certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in 2009 and her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012.


Her teaching experience includes an adjunct faculty position at Indiana State University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She has been a clinical instructor for Family Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners from Indiana Wesleyan University, Stony Brook University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Indiana State University. She has also been a clinical instructor in child and adolescent psychiatry for third year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine.


Dr. Smith is a member of the American Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Theta Chapter, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Kentucky coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives, and is a member of other local and regional professional organizations. She continues to practice part-time as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Her research interests include health-related quality of life outcomes, symptom intrusiveness of treatment side effects, neuroleptic-induced akathisia, and people with schizophrenia.

Dr Smith has has Associate Graduate Faculty Status with the Graduate School.

 Last Modified 7/23/13