Clinical Psychologist


Dr. Angela Smith is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas with over 10 years of experience researching and treating anxiety-based disorders. Dr. Smith received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Baylor University, master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, where she gained specialization in the delivery of evidence-based treatments for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Smith’s research and clinical interests focus on the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD. She is a dedicated clinician, who uses exposure-based therapy within a broader framework of acceptance and self-compassion to help bring about meaningful change. Dr. Smith has presented research findings and clinical symposia at the annual conferences for several national and international organizations including the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF). She has published articles in peer reviewed journals including Depression and Anxiety, Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, and Journal of Clinical Psychology. In addition to her primary role as a therapist for adolescents and adults, Dr. Smith is also the training coordinator for the McLean OCD Institute // Houston, where she has the opportunity to help lead and shape the next generation of clinicians.    


Expertise/Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Complicated Grief


Education and Fellowships:


  • Ph.D. -Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, 2015

    Dissertation: Interpersonal Processes and Functioning in Individuals with Anxiety Disorders: Examining Effect of Anxiety Disorder and Modeling Change from Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

  • M.A. – Clinical Psychology, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2010
  • B.A. – Economics, Baylor University, 2004


  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX, 2015-2016


Licensure and Certifications:


  • Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 2016; License number: 36242


Selected Publications:

  • Smith, A.H., Paulus, D.J., & Norton, P.J. (2016). Transdiagnostic assessment of anxiety symptoms using the Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Questionnaire- Weekly version. Anxiety Stress and Coping.
  • Barrera, T.L., Smith, A.H., & Norton, P.J. (2016). Motivational interviewing as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, 5-14.
  • Farris, S.G., Zvolensky, M.J., Norton, P.J., Hogan, J., Smith, A.H., Talkovsky, A.M., Garey, L., & Schmidt, M.B. (2016). Smoking-specific experiential avoidance indirectly predicts the effect of trait worry on smoking processes among treatment-seeking smokers. Behavioral Medicine.
  • Wetterneck, C. T., Siev, J., Smith, A. H., Adams, T. G., & Slimcowitz, J. (2015). A Dimensional Scale for Obsessional Sexual Thoughts. Behavior Therapy, 46, 544-556.
  • Lee, E.B., Steinberg, D., Phillips, L., Hart, J.M., Smith, A.H., & Wetterneck, C.T. (2014). Examining the effects of accommodation and caregiver burden on relationship satisfaction in caregivers of individuals with OCD. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic.
  • Leonard, R.C., Knott, L.E., Lee, E.B., Singh, S., Smith, A.H., Kanter, J., Norton, P.J., & Wetterneck, C.T. (2014). The development of the functional analytic psychotherapy intimacy scale. Psychological Record.
  • Smith, A.H., Wetterneck, C.T., & Norton, P.J. (2014). Emotion appraisal and anxiety symptomatology in a university sample. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 43, 145-152.
  • Wetterneck, C.T., Lee, E., & Smith, A.H., & Hart, J.M. (2014). The Role of Values in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Severity. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
  • Norton, P. J., Barrera, T. L., Mathew, A. R., Chamberlain, L. D., Szafranski, D. D., Reddy, R., & Smith, A. H. (2013). Effect of transdiagnostic CBT for anxiety on comorbid diagnoses. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 168-173.
  • Smith, A.H., Norton, P.J., & McLean, C. (2013). Client perceptions of therapy component helpfulness in group cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 229-239.
  • Smith, A.H., Wetterneck, C.T., Hart, J.M., Short, M.B., & Björgvinsson, T. (2013). Differences in obsessional beliefs and emotion appraisal in obsessive compulsive symptom presentation. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1, 54-61.