James Smith

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. James M. Smith is a Counselor Educator and Supervisor. He has served as an adjunct in both brick-and-mortar and online institutions for nearly 7 years, teaching courses in basic counseling skills, group procedures, multiculturalism, addictions, and trauma/crisis/grief counseling. Dr. Smith has been active in the counseling profession for nearly 20 years with expertise in treating co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Dr. Smith is a new contributing faculty member at Walden. Dr. Smith's research interests include the experiences of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, particularly their experiences of disclosure of the abuse in adulthood. Dr. Smith hopes his research will challenge stigma associated with abuse and contribute to a more supportive environment for disclosure.

Dr. Smith has served the counseling profession as a member of the American Counseling Association of Missouri and as board president of the Missouri Mental Health Counselors Assocation. Dr. Smith is a member of ACA, ACES, NCACES, ASERVIC, and AHC. He is also a member of AMHCA. Dr. Smith provides pro-bono counseling in his local community in cooperation with a local charitable organization that assists families in crisis situations.

Courses Taught

COUN 6626/6328S - Research Methodology and Program Evaluation


PhD, Walden University

MEd, Lincoln University of Missouri


Smith, J. M. (2020). Adult male survivors' disclosure of child sexual abuse: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Smith, J. M., Warren, A. S. Assisting Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Counseling Today


Smith, J. M., Holtmeyer, G. (2018). Hiding in plain sight: Treatment Considerations for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. American Counseling Association

Smith, J. M. (2019). Mindfulness and the Rubik's Cube: Learning the skills to manage stress. American College Counseling Association

Smith, J. M. (2021). Self-care is being, not doing. Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association