Wendy B. Smith, Ph.D., M.A., BCB

Wendy B. Smith, Ph.D., M.A., BCB
Associate Director
Email: smithwe@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-435-3718

Brief Biography

Dr. Wendy Smith is the Associate Director in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). In this position, she advises the NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Science Research on programmatic and scientific issues particularly related to behavioral and social sciences, interdisciplinary research, and public–private partnerships, and leads the development of new NIH-wide research initiatives from emerging research opportunities. She joined OBSSR from the Office of the NIH Director, Office of Science Policy, where she served as the NIH Program Director for Clinical Research Partnerships. Prior to her roles within the Office of the NIH Director, she served as the inaugural Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, where she also created and directed the Research Development and Support Program. Dr. Smith earned her M.A. in the psychology of health and her Ph.D. in applied experimental psychology and is a licensed experimental psychologist and a nationally certified biofeedback therapist with advanced training in the use of hypnosis for pain. She left clinical practice to join the NIH in 1990 as a research psychologist in the intramural research program within the Neurobiology and Anesthesiology Branch, Pain Section, at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Dr. Smith is a founding member of the NIH Pain Consortium, and her publications include research on pain memory, psychophysics of pain perception, psychological aspects of pain, complementary and alternative medicine, and research methodologies.