Douglas Cary Smith

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Research Interests

Since 1996, Dr. Smith’s practice and research experience has focused on treating and preventing substance use disorders.  He has practice experience with varied substance misusing populations including: adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, adults addicted to crack cocaine, and addicted mothers involved with child welfare.  Dr. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has experience implementing numerous empirically-supported treatments, including: Motivational Interviewing, the Community Reinforcement Approach, The Seven Challenges®, and Strengths Oriented Family Therapy (SOFT). His research currently focuses on what treatments work best for adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders.  For example, with generous support from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), he is developing a peer-enhanced treatment for use with young adults with alcohol problems.  Additionally, he is interesting in studying the effects of Motivational Interviewing among adolescents with alcohol and other substance use disorders.  Because of his productivity in these two areas, he was awarded the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award in 2012 from the Society for Social Work and Research.


BS, Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1996

MSW, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 2000

PhD, Social Work, University of Iowa, 2006

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Research Output

Individual, Family, and School Correlates across Patterns of High School Poly-substance Use

Tan, K., Davis, J. P., Smith, D. C. & Yang, W., Mar 2 2020, In : Substance Use and Misuse. 55, 5, p. 743-751 9 p.

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  • Field Supervision Training for a Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Implementation Project

    Egizio, L. L., Smith, D. C., Bennett, K., Campbell, C. & Windsor, L., Mar 15 2019, In : Clinical Social Work Journal. 47, 1, p. 53-60 8 p.

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  • Self-rated health among multiracial young adults in the United States: findings from the add health study

    Tabb, K. M., Gavin, A. R., Smith, D. C. & Huang, H., Jul 4 2019, In : Ethnicity and Health. 24, 5, p. 495-511 17 p.

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  • Optimizing a community-engaged multi-level group intervention to reduce substance use: An application of the multiphase optimization strategy

    Windsor, L. C., Benoit, E., Smith, D., Pinto, R. M. & Kugler, K. C., Apr 27 2018, In : Trials. 19, 1, 255.

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