Ryan Smith, PsyD
Ryan Smith, PsyD, began his career in mental health over 15 years ago, providing services to children with severe histories of abuse, neglect, and drug exposure in a residential treatment setting. From this early experience, his clinical work and research interests have focused on fostering resilience through the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
Dr. Smith completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2002, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2009 at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He also completed clinical training in the Juvenile Justice Department of Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services (ADMHS), where he conducted comprehensive forensic psychological evaluations of children and parents involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Court Systems. Additionally, Dr. Smith completed clinical training at California State University – Northridge’s University Counseling Services, where he provided individual and group therapy to a diverse population of college students. He has also completed training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-Level 1), Psychological First Aid (PFA), and Post-traumatic Stress Management (PTSM).
Dr. Smith has been a staff member at Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM) in Santa Barbara since 2001, where he provides comprehensive psychological assessment, as well as individual, family, and group treatment for children and adults recovering from child abuse, neglect, or exposure to domestic violence. He is currently a member of CALM’s Great Beginnings Child-Parent Program, which specializes in the treatment of infants and young children exposed to trauma. As CALM’s Grants Supervisor and North County Program Manager, Dr. Smith oversaw the development, implementation, and evaluation of a number of treatment programs in the local community. Dr. Smith has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University, Santa Barbara since 2007, and frequently provides training and consultation to local schools and community organizations.