Dana K Smith, PhD

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Oregon Research Institute, USA

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I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2002. My research has focused primarily on the development and treatment of adolescent offending and co-occurring disorders. I have worked as a clinician, research associate, and as a research scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC; 1997-2013) and the Oregon Research Institute (ORI; 2013-present), where I specialize in a clinical program of research focused on the development, testing and implementation of evidence-based programs for the prevention and treatment of adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems and co-occurring disorders for high-risk youths in out-of-home care (i.e., juvenile justice, child welfare) and youths who are at high risk for placement outside of the home. My research and clinical practice has focused particularly on pre-adolescents/adolescents and their families who have co-occurring problems with delinquency, trauma, substance use, risky sexual behavior, and other high risk behaviors, including suicidality and self-harm (e.g., cutting, eating disorders). During my tenure, I have been an Investigator and lead clinician on six intervention research grants funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health that have focused on treating adolescent girls and boys with co-occurring trauma, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, and delinquency in the juvenile justice and child welfare settings. My publication record shows a consistent focus on the development and treatment of pre-adolescent and adolescent co-occurring problems, as well as on improving the identification of early predictors of co-occurring problems among adolescents.   

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Dana K. Smith research and clinical practice has focused particularly on pre-adolescents/adolescents and their families who have co-occurring problems with delinquency, trauma, substance use, risky sexual behavior, and other high risk behaviors, including suicidality and self-harm (e.g., cutting, eating disorders).

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