Dr. Christopher (Chris) Smith earned a Ph.D. from East Carolina University. He worked as a graduate research assistant at ECU for four years during his doctoral program. His doctoral dissertation was a psychometrics endeavor, during which he conducted a systematic review and developed a scale to measure perceptions of men’s suitability for professional nursing. Methods included latent variable modeling, confirmatory factor analyses, and invariance analyses. Dr. Smith also completed a post-graduate certification in quantitative statistical methods for social and behavioral sciences through ECU’s psychology department.
Dr. Smith’s broad research interests are in using quantitative methods (specifically psychometrics, multivariate regression, conditional process analyses, latent variable modeling, multi-level modeling & hierarchical linear modeling) to model 1. biobehavioral interventions, determinants, and predictors in health and wellness practices, and secondary prevention strategies in persons living with cardiovascular disease and hypertension, with a focused interest in the effects of biobehavioral interventions including mindfulness and contemplative meditative practices, and biofeedback, on blood pressure, stress reduction, and depression in cardiovascular disease populations; 2. determinants in nursing clinical workforce and academia, with a focus on men in nursing and shifts in sexism; and 3. the role of psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners in using classical serotonergic psychedelic compounds (5HT2a receptor agonists – LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, & DMT) as interventional therapies for trauma processing and other debilitating barriers to mental health and wellness in controlled psychotherapeutic settings, as well as integrating psychedelic experiences.
Dr. Smith maintains an active program of research and scholarship, as well as an active nursing practice in an OR/PACU/day surgery unit. His extracurricular interests include scientific writing and studying logic, philosophy (including Hellenistic varieties, Humeanism, skepticism, and causal determinism), yogic practice, nondual contemplative meditative philosophies (Orthodox Hindu and Buddhist sādhanās – Advaita Vedanta and Zen, respectively), and the evolution of human consciousness.