Expertise & 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

MsSW, Columbia University
PhD, University of Southern California

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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112587