David Smith

Director of Clinical Training

E330 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-7763

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Psychopathology and Interpersonal Relationships Lab

Professor Smith is NOT open to admitting graduate students for fall 2024 matriculation.

Primary Area: Clinical


Professor Smith studies the connections between mental illness and social relationships. In particular, he studies the links between depression and marital discord with observational studies of inter-spousal criticism, multi-level modeling of daily diary data, and psychometric investigations. He also studies social relationships and chronic low back pain as well as diagnostic agreement statistics and other topics in quantitative psychology. Professor Smith directs the Notre Dame Marital Therapy and Research Clinic, where he trains doctoral students learning to deliver empirically-supported couples and individual psychotherapy.


Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Representative Publications

(* Denotes Student Author)

Burns, J. W., Peterson, K .M., Smith, D. A., Keefe, F. J., Porter, L. S., Schuster, E. Kinner, E. (2013). Temporal associations between spouse criticism/hostility and pain among patients with chronic pain: A within-couple daily diary study. Pain, 154, 2715-2721. 

Kring, A. M., & Smith, D. A. (2013). The negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In L. G. Castonguay & T. F. Oltmanns (Eds.), Psychopathology: From science to clinical practice. New York: Guilford.

Smith, D. A., Breiding, M. J.*, & Papp, L. M.* (2012). Depressive moods and marital happiness: Within-person synchrony, moderators, and meaning. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 338-347. 

Hetrick, W. P., Erickson, M. A., & Smith, D. A. (2012). Phenomenological dimensions of sensory gating. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38, 178-191. 

Peterson, K. M.*, & Smith, D. A. (2011). Attributions for spousal behaviors in relation to criticism and perceived criticism. Behavior Therapy, 42, 655-666. 

Simons, A. D., Padesky, C. A., Montemarano, J.*, Lewis, C. C., Murakami, J., Lamb, K., DeVinney, S., Reid, M., Smith, D.A., & Beck, A.T. (2010). Training and dissemination of cognitive behavior therapy for depression: A preliminary examination of therapist competence and client outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 751-756. 

Peterson, K. M.*, & Smith, D. A. (2010). An Actor-Partner Interdependence Model of spousal criticism and depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 555-562.

Peterson, K. M.*, & Smith, D. A. (2010). To what does Perceived Criticism refer? Constructive, destructive, and general criticism. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 97-100. 

Windle, C. R.*, & Smith, D. A. (2009). Withdrawal moderates the association between husband gender role conflict and wife marital adjustment. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 10, 245-260. 

Peterson, K. M.*, Smith, D. A., & Windle, C.R. (2009). Explication of interspousal criticality bias. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 47, 478-486.