Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor and the advisor for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN and Post-MSN concentrations at Western Kentucky University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, her post-master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Medical University of South Carolina, and her Ph.D. in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is ANCC board certified as a PMHNP and FNP and licensed in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Kentucky Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International - Kappa Theta Chapter, Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives, and is a member of other local and regional professional organizations.
Her research interests include students’ clinical documentation in an Electronic Clinical Tracking Systems (ECTS) to meet national core competencies, health-related quality of life outcomes, symptom intrusiveness of treatment side effects, neuroleptic-induced akathisia, and care of patients with mental illnesses.
Dr. Smith has Associate Graduate Faculty Status with the Graduate School.