Amy Fisher-Smith, Ph.D.

Amy Fisher Smith is a practicing clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Dallas. She has served on the executive committee of Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, The Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology for more than a decade in various capacities, and currently serves on the editorial board of the division journal. Her research interests include Holocaust and Genocide studies, the sociology of terrorism and conflict, and the processes of radicalization and de-radicalization.

Education

B.A., 1991, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Philosophy. 

M.A., 1993, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ph.D., 1999, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
Major: Clinical Psychology.
Minor: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Major Advisor: Brent D. Slife, Ph.D.

Pre-Doctoral Internship: South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy (1998-1999) Division. San Antonio, Texas.
Major Rotations: Inpatient Psychiatry, PTSD Outpatient Clinic, Substance Abuse, and Primary Care Geriatric Clinic.
Major Supervisor: Stephen Holliday, Ph.D.

Academic Appointments

Sept, 2007 – present: Associate Professor. Various courses including Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology, and Counseling. Department of Psychology, University of Dallas.

2001 – May, 2007: Assistant Professor. Department of Psychology, University of Dallas

2005 – present: Practicum Coordinator. Responsible for facilitating relationships with various psychotherapy agencies in the community in order to place graduate students for practicum and internship experience. Department of Psychology, University of Dallas.

2000 – 2001: Clinical Practicum Supervisor. Supervised Masters students in psychological assessments. Department of Psychology and Special Education, Texas A&M University – Commerce.

1999 – 2001: Assistant Professor. Various courses including Introductory Psychology, History, Personality, Research Methodology, and Clinical Practicum. Department of Psychology and Special Education, Texas A&M University - Commerce. 

Professional Experience

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Texas license 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA) (1991 – present)
  • Division 24 of the APA, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (1995 – present) 
  • Co-Program Chair for Division 24, Annual conference of the American Psychological Association, (2001) 
  • Division 24, Executive Committee member, Member-at-large (2001 – 2003); (2004- 2007) 
  • Division 24, Executive Committee member, Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2012; 2012- 2015) 

Selected Publications

Fisher Smith, A., Sullivan, C., Macready, J., and Manzi, G. (In press). Methodology Matters: Researching the Far Right. In S Ashe, J. Busher, G Macklin, & A Winter (Eds). Researching the far right: Theory, method, and practice. Routledge.

Fisher Smith, A., Sullivan, C., Freeman, E., & Alonso, A. (2016). Ambivalent Engagement: Relational Connection and Depthful Dwelling in a Site of Conscience. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 23, 1-26.

Fisher Smith, A., & Sullivan, C. (2012). Holocaust. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. Springer. 

Fisher Smith, A. (2011). Naturalistic and supernaturalistic disclosures: The possibility of relational miracles. The Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 10 (2), 1-13. 

Fisher Smith, A. (2010). Incorporating philosophy in every psychology course and why it matters. Association for Psychological Science Observer, 23 (2). 

Garza, G. & Fisher Smith, A. (2009). Beyond Neurobiological Reductionism: Recovering the Intentional and Expressive Body. Theory & Psychology, 19 (4), 519-544.

Presentations

Fisher Smith, A. & Macready, J. D. (2016, April). De-radicalization and Social Identity in Far Right Extremists: A Qualitative Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Council for European Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fisher Smith, A., Sullivan, C., Freeman, E., Alonso, A. (2014). Responses to Holocaust atrocity: A mixed-methods approach. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. 

Fisher Smith, A., Freeman, E., Sullivan, C., & Alonso, A. (2013). Using a mixed methods approach: Examining responses to a Holocaust exhibit. Invited address at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. 

Freeman, E., Fisher Smith, A, Bartkus, A, Alonso, A, & Sullivan, C. (2013). Understanding empathy in Holocaust atrocity: A mixed methods approach. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington D.C.

Freeman, E., Fisher Smith, A, Bartkus, A, Alonso, A, & Sullivan, C. (2012). Understanding empathy in Holocaust atrocity: A mixed methods approach. Poster submitted to the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington D.C.

Fisher Smith, A. (2011). What exactly is a theoretical psychologist? A conversation among division 24 students, professionals, and faculty. Conversation hour presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Fisher Smith, A. & Matthews, M. (2007). Who’s missing? Continued discrimination of potential students of color. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Fisher Smith, A. & Garza, G. (2007). Normalcy, supernormalcy, and finitude: Existential horizons of symptom and vocation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA

For more presentations, please see CV.

Awards & Honors

  • 2009, Haggar Faculty Award, University of Dallas
  • 2008, Competitively selected to participate in the Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for faculty, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. (January, 2008)
  • 2008, University of Dallas, Advisor of the Year
  • 2006, Distinguished Service to the Division Award, Division 24 of the American Psychological Association, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
  • 2006, King Haggar Scholar Award
  • 1996, Outstanding Theory Paper Award, National competition conducted by the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24 of the American Psychological Association)
  • 1991, Member of Phi Beta Kappa