Erin Smith



Erin Smith is a public health educator, trainer, and project manager with expertise in HIV/AIDS, sexual health, violence prevention, and mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and resiliency. Her work focuses on planning and implementing multi-component interventions that address issues across the social ecological model, work force development through training and technical assistance, and program evaluation.

Beginning as a college health educator, Smith has spent most of her career addressing the intersecting issues of sexual health, mental health, violence, and substance abuse within economically disadvantaged communities and among youth in educational settings. As project director for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, she manages the development of training and educational opportunities that expand the knowledge and capacity of mental health care providers to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of consumers impacted and affected by HIV.

Smith is a guest lecturer at Boston University and holds an MPH in social and behavioral sciences from the Boston University School of Public Health.

“Condom distribution is one of the most cost-effective and scalable interventions. But distribution efforts can be uneven and sometimes miss underserved areas.”

Speaking Highlights

How Do We Know That New Teaching Methods Are Effective? Evaluation of a Practice-Based Curriculum for Master of Public Health Students

Co-poster presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo
New Orleans, LA
November 2014

Linking the Community to the Classroom: Engaging the Community to Move Academic Public Health Instruction from the Theoretical to the Practical

Co-presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo
New Orleans, LA
November 2014

Using Online Content Sharing and Social Networking Strategies to Support High Impact Condom Distribution Programs

Co-presentation, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo
Boston, MA
November 2013



"Providing Positive Support"
EDC, October 2016

Providing Positive Support
Providing Positive Support

Making Prevention Accessible
EDC, November 2013


Selected Publications

Kessel Schneider, S., Smith, E., & O’Donnell, L. (2015, September). Trends in cyberbullying and school bullying victimization in a regional census of high school students, 2006–2012. Journal of School Health, 85(9), 611–620.

Kessel Schneider, S., Smith, E., & O’Donnell, L. (2013). Social Media and cyberbullying: Implementation of school-based prevention efforts and implications for social media approaches. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Smith, E. M. (2011). Intimate partner violence. Prevention update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention.

Selected Resources

Resource libraries

This resource library contains an array of practice briefs, videos, webinars, and curated resource links to help mental health professionals better address the needs of individuals affected by HIV.