Danielle (Dani) Smith, PhD,
received their B.A. in Neuroscience from Scripps College, and their education specialist teaching credential and M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. After teaching high school for seven years, they returned to graduate school to study developmental social psychology, focusing their research on adolescent social identity, peer relations, school context, and wellbeing. They received their Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA, and are currently a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Chavira and Dr. Craske, funded by NIMH. Their current research is on mindfulness and mental health in adolescence. More broadly, in addition to a strong focus on teaching, they are interested in development and evaluation of school- and community-based prevention and intervention programs targeting social and emotional wellbeing, and in particular in the impact of such programs on youth with marginalized identities.