Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Heather Smith, PhD

Heather Smith, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Heather attended Marquette University for her undergraduate training. She received her doctorate at the Ohio State University where she received the Ohio State University Graduate School Fellowship and graduated summa cum laude, and completed her postgraduate training in geropsychology at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Dr. Smith has academic interests in psychology training and supervision, research on healthcare staff communication and coping, and in directing the palliative care fellowship.

Heather Smith, Ph.D. is Lead Psychologist at the VA Medical Center and Director of the VA Medical Center Interprofessional Fellowship in Palliative Care. She sees medical and geriatric patients at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.


A few publications include:

Montagnini, M., SMITH, H. M., Moat, M., O'Leary, T., Ojeda, K., & Lisowski, E.  Developing a VA palliative care program.  The Federal Practitioner.  2008; 25: 18-29.

Partnership for Health in Aging Workgroup on Interdisciplinary Team Training. Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics: An Essential Component of Quality Healthcare for Older Adults.  2011.  http://www.americangeriatrics.org/files/documents/pha/PHA_IDTStatement.pdf.

Montagnini, M., SMITH, H. M., & Balistrieri, T.  Assessment of self-perceived end-of-life care competencies of intensive care unit providers.  Journal of Palliative Medicine.  2012; 15: 29-36.

Snider-Meyer, J.M., Byrne, A.J., Levine, D.A., Gresser, S.K., SMITH, H.M., & Kier, F.J.  A comparison of a veterans directed health care program vs. community nursing home placement.  The Federal Practitioner.  September 2013; 24-30.

Partnership for Health in Aging Workgroup on Interdisciplinary Team Training.  Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics: An Essential Component of Quality Healthcare for Older Adults.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  Fall 2013.


Contact information:
(414) 384-2000 ext. 41667
heather.smith7@va.gov

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