Jennifer D. Smith, PsyD, BCBA-D

Program Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND), Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Community Outreach Coordinator, The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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Autism spectrum disorders; developmental disabilities; behavioral feeding disorders; parent training for behavior management of challenging behaviors


Siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders; social play skills; organizational behavior management (staff training and performance feedback)

Jennifer D. Smith, PsyD, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). Prior to joining the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center staff, Dr. Smith was the director of curriculum development and instructional support at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Massachusetts.

Dr. Smith completed her post-doctoral fellowship in intellectual/developmental disabilities at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and her pre-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Smith received her doctoral degree from Xavier University and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through Cincinnati Children's Division of Developmental Disabilities as a graduate student. She received her master's degree from Radford University in Radford, VA and her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Smith was inspired to work with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities after working at a summer camp for children with special needs.

Dr. Smith provides a variety of services including behavioral feeding treatment and short-term behavioral treatment to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Smith has presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences.

Dr. Smith was appointed director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) Program in July 2013. In this role, Dr. Smith provides oversight of the LEND program, an interdisciplinary training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Pre-Doctoral Internship: Pediatric Psychology; Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2003-2004.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2004-2006.
Ohio Psychology Licensure: 2006.

Certification: Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, 2009.

Manning-Courtney P, Murray D, Currans K, Johnson H, Bing N, Kroeger-Geoppinger K, Sorenson R, Bass J, Reinhold J, Johnson A, Foti-Hoff M, Messerschmidt T. Autism Spectrum Disorders. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2013 Jan;43(1):2-11.

Bass JD, Kroeger K. Teaching and behavior support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders: A practitioner's guide. Feeding. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.).  New York: Oxford University Press. 2011.

Whitcomb SA, Bass JD, Luiselli JK. Effects of a computer-based early reading program (Headsprout®) on word list and text reading skills in a student with autism. J Dev Phys Disabil 2011 23:491-499.

Wilczynski S, Fisher L, Sutro L, Bass J, Mudgal D, Zeiger V, Christian L & Logue J.  Evidence-based practice and Autism Spectrum Disorders Oxford Handbook of School Psychology . New York: Oxford UP, 2011.

Luiselli JK, Bass JD, Whitcomb SA. Teaching Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) knowledge competencies to direct-care service providers: Outcome assessment and social validation of a training program. Behav Modif. 2010 Sep;34(5):403-14.

Bass JD, Mulick JA. Social play skill enhancement of children with autism using peers and siblings as therapistsPsychology in the Schools. 2007; 44(7), 727-735.

Meier VL, Bass JD, Mooney DK. Up in smoke: An effective collegiate tobacco risk reduction program . Wellness Management . 2001.