Navy Commander to Speak on Her Experiences as a Military Counseling Psychologist

Montclair State University's Chapter of the International Psychology Honor Society, Psi Chi, is Sponsoring the Event.

Commander Tara Smith, Ph.D. with Bella, their Combat Stress Dog, also known as "Force Protection Dog."

“A Counseling Psychologist in the Navy: A Road Less Traveled”

Speaker:  Commander Tara N. Smith, Ph.D.

Friday, September 23, 2011
University Hall, room 1030
11:00 a.m.

Commander Tara N. Smith will discuss her experience being a Counseling Psychologist in the military.

Commander Smith earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Iowa in 2000, in Counseling Psychology.

She completed her Psychology internship on active duty at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California. Since then she has served at the Naval Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, and the Naval Hospital Sigonella in Sicily, Italy. In addition, she served on the Aircraft Carrier, USS Kitty Hawk and did two tours of duty in Iraq.

Smith’s personal awards include the Bronze Star Meritorious Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Medical Officer Surface Warfare insignia and the Fleet Marine Force insignia.