Brian H. Smith, PhD, has been a leader in translating research into effective social-emotional learning programs for nearly twenty years.
Brian H. Smith, PhD, has been a leader in translating research into effective social-emotional learning (SEL) programs for nearly twenty years. He headed the design and development of multiple revisions of the preK–8 Second Step curriculum as senior research scientist at the Committee for Children as well as the revision of the K–12 SEL curricula as director of research at CharacterStrong. Dr. Smith has presented to educators in several states on SEL-related topics and worked directly with schools to improve their SEL planning and implementation.
Prior to attaining his doctorate, Dr. Smith worked in schools in a variety of roles, including as an elementary counselor, early intervention and prevention specialist, mental health specialist, school social worker, and substance abuse counselor.
Dr. Smith received both his master’s degree and doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He has published book chapters and articles for both research and educator audiences.