Stephanie Smith, MD


Stephanie L. Smith, M.D., is the Deputy Director of Mental Health at Partners In Health (PIH), an Associate Psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She also holds appointments in the Division of Global Health Equity at BWH, and the Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change at HMS.

Dr. Smith was the inaugural Pagenel Fellow in Global Mental Health Delivery at PIH-Rwanda and worked as Mental Health Director there from 2011 to 2013 to establish the PIH-Rwanda/MoH collaborative program of integrating mental health care into primary care in Burera district. She later completed a mixed-methods impact evaluation of the program, as a Global Mental Health Implementation Science research fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS. Dr. Smith’s current research interests focus on global mental health implementation science, particularly in evaluating outcomes and impact of task-sharing for mental health care in real-world, complex settings. In her role at Partners In Health, Dr. Smith provides clinical, programmatic, and research support for mental health integration across all the PIH sites. Dr. Smith continues to provide clinical care as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and actively teaches and mentors students and trainees at all levels, including medical and professional students, psychiatric residents and fellows, and other allied health professionals.

Dr. Smith earned her degree in Philosophy from Cornell University and her M.D. from the University of Minnesota, completed psychiatry residency at Boston University Medical Center, and completed a Consult-Liaison and Psycho-oncology fellowship at BWH and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Smith was a founding member of the University of Minnesota medical school’s chapter of Physician for Human Rights, and has engaged in human rights advocacy across multiple countries for the past fifteen years.