Smith, Laura (ls2396)Skip to content Skip to main navigation
1990 Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1988 M.S. in Counseling Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1983 B.A. in English and Psychology with High DistinctionUniversity of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Social inclusion/exclusion and emotional wellbeing
Social class and poverty
Antiracism and Whiteness
Participatory action research
Smith, L. (2010). Psychology, poverty, and the end of social exclusion: Putting our practice to work. New York: Teachers College Press.
Selected Journal Articles
Underlined names indicate student co-authors.
Smith, L., Shenk, M., Tran, C., Poon, D., Wahba, R., & Voegtli, K. (in press). “There’s not a rug big enough to hide us under”: Participatory action research as anti-ageist psychological practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.
Smith, L., Baranowski, K., Abdel-Salam, L., & McGinley, M. (in press). Youth participatory action research: Agency and unsilence as anti-classist practice. Translational Issues in Psychological Science.
Smith, L., Kashubeck-West, S., Payton, G., & Adams, E. (2017). White professors teaching about racism. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 651-668.
Spanierman, L. and Smith, L. (2017). Multicultural research and practice: The roles of White allies. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 606-617.
Smith, L., Mao, S., & Deshpande, A. (2016). “Talking across worlds”: Classist microaggressions and higher education. Journal of Poverty, 20, 127-151.
Smith, L. (2015). Reforming the minimum wage: Toward a position for psychology. American Psychologist, 70, 557-565.
Smith, L. and Ali, A. (2014). Precluding poverty through social inclusion. Istanbul: United Nations Development Program.
Goodwin, A.L., Smith, L., Souto-Manning, M.,Cheruvu, R., Tan, M. Y., Reed, R., & Taveras, L. (2014). What should teacher educators know and be able to do? Journal of Teacher Education, 66, 284-302.
Smith, L., Beck, K., Bernstein, E., & Dashtguard, P. (2014). YPAR and school counseling practice: A school-wide framework for student well-being. Journal of School Counseling, 12 (21).
Smith, L. (2013). Social class and social exclusion: So close, and yet so far away. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 11-16.
Smith, L., Baranowski, K., Allen, A., & Bowen, R. (2013). Poverty, crime seriousness, and the “politics of disgust.” Journal of Poverty, 375-393.
Smith, L., Li, V. , Dykema, S., Hamlet, D., & Shellman, A. (2013). “Honoring somebody that society doesn’t honor”: therapists working in the context of poverty. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 138-51.
Goodman, L., Pugach, M., Skolnik, A., & Smith, L. (2013).Poverty and mental health practice: within and beyond the 50-minute hour. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 182-90.
Smith, L. & Lau, M. (2013). Exploring the corollaries of social justice intentionality. Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice, 59-71.
Smith, L., Bratini, L., & Appio, L.M. (2012). “Everybody’s teaching and everybody’s learning”: Photovoice and youth counseling. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 3-12.
Smith, L., Mao, S., Perkins, S., & Ampuero, M. (2011). The relationship of clients’ social class to early therapeutic impressions. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 24, 15-27.
Smith, L. & Redington, R. M. (2010b). Lessons from the experiences of White antiracist activists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 541–549.
Smith, L., Davis, K., & Bhowmik, M. (2010). Youth participatory action research groups as school counseling interventions. Professional School Counseling, 14, 174-182.
Smith, L., Rosenzweig, L., & Schmidt, M. (2010). Best practices in the reporting of PAR: Embracingboth the forest and the trees. The Counseling Psychologist, 38, 1115-1138.
Smith, L., Bratini, L., Chambers, D., Jensen, R., & Romero, L. (2010). Between idealism and reality: Meeting the challenges of participatory action research. Action Research, 8, 407-425.
Smith, L. & Romero, L. (2010). Psychological interventions in the context of poverty: Participatory action research as practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 12–25.
Smith, L., Allen, A., & Bowen, R. (2010). Expecting the worst: Exploring the associations between poverty and misbehavior. Journal of Poverty, 33 – 54.
Smith, L. (2009). Enhancing training and practice in the context of poverty. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 84-93.
Smith, L., Chambers, D. A., & Bratini, L. (2009). When oppression is the pathogen: The participatory development of socially-just mental health practice. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 159-168.
Smith, L. (2008). Positioning classism within psychology’s social justice agenda. The Counseling Psychologist, 36, 895-924.
Smith, L., Foley, P. F., and Chaney, M. P. (2008). Addressing classism, ableism, and heterosexism within multicultural-social justice training. Journal of Counseling and Development, 86, 303-309.
Smith, L. (2006). Addressing classism, extending multicultural competence, and serving the poor. American Psychologist, 61, 338-339.
Smith, L. (2005). Psychotherapy, classism, and the poor: Conspicuous by their absence. American Psychologist, 60(7), 687-696.
Smith, L., Baluch, S., Bernabei, S., Robohm, J., & Sheehy, J. (2003). Applying a social justice framework to college counseling practice. Journal of College Counseling, 6, 3-13.