Melissa Edmondson Smith

Melissa SmithMelissa Edmondson Smith, Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.5107
Room: 3W15
Edmondson Smith CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


MsSW, Columbia University
PhD, University of Southern California

Expertise and Research Interests

Community-based mental heath services
Black populations diagnosed with serious mental illnesses
Youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis
The intersection of race, ethnicity, sociocultural factors and serious mental illness across the life span
Qualitative and mixed methods research


Recent Publications

Smith, M. E., Pahwa, R., Harrison, G., & Sharpe, T. (in press). A social ecological model for navigating safety across time: The experience of Black adults with serious mental illnesses. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.  

Pahwa, R., Smith, M. E., Kelly, E. L., Dougherty, R. J., Thorning, H., Brekke, J. S., & Hamilton, A. (2020). Definitions of community for individuals with serious mental illnesses: Implications for community integration and recovery. Administration And Policy In Mental Health And Mental Health Services Research. doi:10.1007/s10488-020-01055-w 

Smith, M. E., Sharpe, T. L., Richardson, J., Pahwa, R., Smith, D., & DeVylder, J. (2020). The impact of secondary exposure to gun violence fatality on mental health outcomes in four U.S. urban settings. Social Science & Medicine. doi: