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Philip Smith, PhD

Philip Smith, PhDPhil Smith, PhD is Project Manager for Community Positive Behavior Supports and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.  Dr. Smith's work at The Boggs Center involves a variety of projects designed to increase the capacity of NJ based programs to effectively support individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and extremely challenging behavior.  A current focus is on expanding the capacity of NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to support individuals with difficult behavior.  This includes supporting DDD funded programs that are developing new homes for individuals who are moving from Developmental Centers into community based homes under the Olmstead initiative. Over the past five years, he has worked extensively on projects to develop and expand NJ based resources for children and adolescents who engage in extremely challenge behavior.

Dr. Smith earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and prior to joining The Boggs Center he worked extensively in the area of Positive Behavior Support and Autism services. This included the development and delivery of training and technical assistance programs to schools and residential treatment programs across New York State, as well as collaboration with the New York Autism Network (NY State Education Department).  He also has developed several Positive Behavior Support training curricula, and implemented “Train the Trainer” programs to facilitate delivery of this training. 

Dr. Smith has presented extensively at state-wide, national, and international conferences on Autism and Positive Behavior Supports , and his recent publications include: co-authoring the bookPositive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems, and a chapter on “Diagnosing and Treating Children and Adolescents with Co-occurring Depressive Disorders,” in the edited volume Mental Wellness for Youth with IDD.

Work Address:
The Boggs Center
Liberty Plaza, 335 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Phone: 732-235-9328
FAX: 732-235-9330
Email: philip.smith@rutgers.edu

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