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Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer

« SARRC Research Department

Key Research Interests

Dr. Christopher J. Smith is an experimental psychologist with expertise in diagnosing autism spectrum disorder and measuring associated traits. Dr. Smith oversees all diagnostic evaluations and assessments for our clients while also directing all internal and external research projects. Prior to joining us at SARRC, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he still maintains a faculty position. Originally drawn to study autism because of the complexity of the disorder, here at SARRC, Dr. Smith values the ability to work with clients across all age groups and engage in out-of-the-box research endeavors. Originally from New York, when he’s not doing science, he enjoys running, biking, hiking, and being active with his family.


  • B.S. Psychology
    East Stroudsburg University
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology
    CUNY, Graduate School: Brooklyn College
  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology
    CUNY, Graduate School: Brooklyn College


Selected Publications

  • Smith C.J., Pollard E, Stein A.J., Ober-Reynolds S., Kirwan J, Malligo A., Openden D., Melmed R. (2015) A method for universal screening of elementary school students: The development of the Social Challenges Screening Questionnaire. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 31:2, 115-140, DOI:0.1080/15377903.2014.995391.
  • Smith C.J., Rozga A., Matthews N.L., Oberleitner R., Nazneen, Abowd G. (2016) Investigating the accuracy of a novel telehealth diagnostic approach for autism spectrum disorder. Psychol Assess NIHMSID 788222, DOI:10.1037/pas0000317, DOI:10.1037/pas0000317.supp.
  • Smith, C.J., Reichenberg, A., Lang, C.M., Kryzak, L.A., Silverman, J.M. Familial Associations of Intense Preoccupations, an Empirical Factor of the Restricted, Repetitive Behaviors and Interests Domain of Autism. Published Online 6/2009 JCPP
  • Silverman J.M., Smith C.J., Schmeidler J., Hollander E., Lawlor B.A., Fitzgerald M., Buxbaum J.D., Delaney K., Galvin P.; Autism Genetic Research Exchange Consortium. Symptom domains in autism and related conditions: evidence for familiality. Am J Med Genet. 2002 Jan 8;114(1):64-73.
  • Matthews, N. L., Skepnek, E., Mammen, M., James, J., Malligo, A., Lyons, A., Mitchell, M., Kiefer, S., & Smith, C. J. (2021). Feasibility and Acceptability of a Telehealth Model for Autism Diagnostic Evaluations in Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Autism Research.
Christopher J. Smith, Ph.D.