- American Psychological Association: Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology (2008)
- National Academy of Neuropsychology (2014)
- American Board of Professional Psychology (2015), Diplomate: Rehabilitation Psychology
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2016)
Jason A.D. Smith, Ph.D.
- Physical Medicine & Rehab
- Epilepsy & Seizures
Jason A.D. Smith, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Smith specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological disease and injuries, which may involve neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, individual and family psychotherapy, and education to better help patients and their families in the lifespan of the rehabilitation process.
He serves as the Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Smith is certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
His research interests include rehabilitation and neuropsychological services, as well as rehabilitation and neuropsychological services for Hispanics and monolingual Spanish speakers. Other research interests include epilepsy and cognitive rehabilitation.
Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016, Dr. Smith served as a clinical psychologist – both in private practice and at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center – as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology. Much of his work was with patients in the comprehensive epilepsy program jointly sponsored by the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services.
He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology and completed a clinical psychology internship at Wright State University. He then received advanced training in rehabilitation psychology through a fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (magna cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, and American Psychological Association’s Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology.
Meet Dr. Smith
Rehabilitation Psychologist in Dallas
As a rehabilitation psychologist, Jason A.D. Smith, Ph.D., helps people with disabilities and neurological illnesses. Also trained in neuropsychology, he assesses and treats patients who experience cognitive or behavioral problems.
“Rehabilitation psychology – which may involve cognitive rehabilitation – applies psychological principles and skills to people with disabilities and chronic health conditions,” he explains. “Our goal is to maximize patients’ health, wellness, functional independence, autonomy, and social roles.”
Dr. Smith cares for both inpatients and outpatients who are adapting to new or changing physical and cognitive abilities that result from injury or disease. He also conducts neuropsychological evaluations as part of his patient examinations and treatment planning. He often works directly with families and caregivers, whose role is critical in the rehabilitation of his patients.
“Patients are not the only ones learning, adapting, and adjusting,” he says. “It’s the loved ones and caregivers, too, especially in cases of more catastrophic injuries and illnesses,” he says.
Dr. Smith sees people with a wide range of conditions, from neurological injuries and diseases such as epilepsy to traumatic brain and spine injuries (including concussions) and cancer, as well as people who have undergone amputation and organ transplantation.
“Cognitive and emotional recovery are integral, and there is great variety in our patients’ abilities and in how each individual will recover,” he says.
“Living with a chronic medical condition, adjusting to a new-onset condition, or even adjusting to improved health after a medical intervention – successful surgery for epilepsy, for instance – affects all facets of life.”
He adds that this is why rehabilitation is about treating the whole person. “The process involves helping patients learn to adapt to the physical and social environments of their lives as well as how they relate to themselves, others, and the broader community.”
A faculty member of both the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Psychiatry and Psychology at UT Southwestern, Dr. Smith is fellowship trained and board certified in rehabilitation psychology.
Despite the wide range of conditions his patients suffer from, “humanity is the common thread, and my ultimate goal is to improve their sense of wellness,” he says.
“I’m happy to be able to affect change and give patients and families a sense of being understood, as well as treat and direct them to resources and therapies that improve their quality of life.”
Mental health assessment in rehabilitation: a descriptive study through an international internet survey.
Juengst S, Nordvik JE, Junttila IS, Smith J, Kew CL, Laukkala T International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de readaptation 2018 Dec 41 4 368-372
Epilepsy surgery in the underserved Hispanic population improves depression, anxiety, and quality of life.
Smith JAD, Armacost M, Ensign E, Shaw S, Jimenez N, Millett D, Liu C, Heck CN Epilepsy & behavior : E&B 2018 Apr 83 1-6
- Mental health assessment in rehabilitation: a descriptive study through an international internet survey.
- Rehabilitation Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology
- Rehabilitation & Neuropsychological Services for Hispanics & Monolingual Spanish Speakers
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Epilepsy & Seizures
- Traumatic Brain Injury
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