Brian H. Smith PhD

Dr. Smith is a Senior Research Scientist at Committee for Children in Seattle, WA. He received his doctorate from the School of Social Work at the University of Washington where his research focused on the science behind effective interventions to promote youth development and prevent youth problems. Prior to that he spent 9 years working as a counselor and social worker in K-12 schools and providing substance abuse and mental health counseling to teens. Since 2005 he has been a Research Scientist at the Committee for Children ( where he translates and synthesizes research from a wide range of fields to inform the development and evaluation of school-based social emotional learning and bullying prevention programs.

Brian’s research has been published in School Psychology Review, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, School Psychology International, Childhood Education, Journal of Early Adolescence, Theory into Practice, Victims and Offenders: Journal of Evidence Based Policies and Practices, Pediatrics in Review, and Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and he has authored chapters in the books: Bullying in American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention; Diverse Approaches to Family and Community Violence Prevention: A National Perspective; Building Academic Success on Social and Emotional Learning; What does the Research say?; and Taking Stock of Delinquency: An Overview of Findings from Contemporary Longitudinal Studies.