Alphonso Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor
Clinical Neurology

Dr. Alphonso Smith completed his undergraduate studies at La Sierra University where he earned a degree in Psychobiology with a minor in Biology. Dr. Smith completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology at Loma Linda University (APA-Accredited). For his pre-internship training, Dr. Smith completed a wide range of neuropsychology practicums across various medical settings including the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. For his internship, Dr. Smith completed the Adult Neuropsychology Track at the Vanderbilt-VA Consortium (APA-Accredited). In this role, he received specialized neuropsychology training at the Vanderbilt Epilepsy-Neuropsychology Program and at the Nashville VA Medical Center. Dr. Smith then completed his post-doctoral neuropsychology fellowship at the Alexian Brothers/Amita Health Neurosciences Institute (APPCN-Member) where he received lifespan neuropsychological training for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.

Next, Dr. Smith worked as a neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where he continued providing neuropsychological services for patients across the age-span. He also specialized in providing pre-surgical Wada testing and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for patients at their Epilepsy Center. In addition, he provided pre-DBS neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor at their Movement Disorders Clinic. At present, Dr. Smith is an adult neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His clinical populations serviced include dementia, epilepsy, stroke, brain tumor, TBI, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and ADHD.

Dr. Smith’s research interests include concussion, executive functioning, epilepsy, and behavioral neuroscience. He has published journal articles in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work. He has also given presentations at various conferences including for the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Society for Neuroscience, American Neuropsychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), and National Biological Honor Society (TriBeta).