Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Counseling from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited program at Brigham Young University. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Smith completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan where she was part of a campus-wide treatment team for eating concerns, which included outreach and advocacy efforts in addition to coordinated intervention. Dr. Smith earned an MBA at the University of Utah’s top-ranked business program, deepening her work at the intersection of psychology and business. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Smith also provides executive coaching and business consulting to high-achieving leaders. To learn more about coaching services, visit drmelissasmith.com.
Dr. Smith has worked at three university counseling centers where she has focused on eating concerns in a college population. These efforts included developing and implementing group and individual interventions, working with a comprehensive treatment team, and presenting on the topics of eating concerns in a college population.
Dr. Smith worked with a highly- regarded specialized eating disorder treatment center for ten years during which time she provided intensive clinical services for those individuals requiring acute inpatient and residential eating disorder treatment. During this time, Dr. Smith was also actively involved in leadership, program development, research, outreach, business development, and advocacy. Dr. Smith served as a Clinical Director and Program Director for the residential treatment program, where she provided clinical direction, program development, and worked closely with direct care staff to ensure the safety and security of individuals engaged in treatment.
Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has been passionate about group therapy, and has developed several group therapy programs and interventions focused on eating concerns. Dr. Smith is a gifted clinician and able to connect with individuals quickly, thus building trust which allows the important therapeutic work to be accomplished.
In addition to providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy, Dr. Smith provides clinical supervision to professionals new to the field and new to eating disorder treatment. She participates in professional consultation groups and strives to be a lifelong learner.
Dr. Smith has also been actively engaged with professional organizations, and is currently a member of the following organizations: Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), American Psychological Association (APA), Utah Psychological Association (UPA), and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through IAEDP. Becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist takes rigorous application and evidence of qualification through education, training, supervision, advocacy, and outreach. Membership in these professional organizations connects Dr. Smith with the leaders in the eating disorder field, which is critically important when considering program development, the latest in research and clinical interventions, and provides valuable access to ongoing consultation.
As part of her associations with professional organizations, Dr. Smith is a board member of the Utah Chapter of IAEDP, which is tasked with providing support, education, and advocacy for eating disorder professionals. Dr. Smith works closely with other board members to address the needs of eating disorder professionals in the State of Utah, and to provide educational seminars, advocacy events, and networking opportunities to eating disorder professionals and those affected by eating disorders. Dr. Smith presents locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topic of eating disorders and addictive processes.