Dr. Jennifer Smith’s formal training is in clinical mental health counseling where she has served in various roles over her 10+ year career. Dr. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina and a board certified National Certified Counselor. Her work experience includes working with children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, outpatient therapy, and crisis counseling in the hospital setting. Dr. Smith currently works as a Military and Family Life Counselor on a federal (Army) installation. At Walden, she teaches in the School of Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. Smith received her doctorate from Argosy University, Atlanta in 2019.She is affiliated with several professional counseling organizations to include The American Counseling Association, The Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, The Military and Government Counseling Association, The National Board for Certified Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota, The Association for Multicultural Development, The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, The American School Counselor Association, and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of North Carolina.
Dr. Smith has engaged in scholarly efforts to include presenting at several major counseling conferences (American Counseling Association, International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, International Association for Addictions and Offenders Counseling, and the National Board for Certified Counselors Symposium). She was awarded the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Doctoral Fellowship in 2017as well as named the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year for the same year. Dr. Smith’s research interests include advocacy and social justice for marginalized populations, school counselors working with students with disabilities, namely emotional and behavioral disorders, working with military children and families, professional counselor identity, and multicultural diversity.