Patrick J. Smith, PhD, MPH


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Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Behavioral Medicine
DUMC 3119
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Health Psychology, Duke University, 2010
  • Neuropsychology, Duke University Medical Center, 2010
  • Behavioral Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2011
Other Training:
  • MPH in Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
Clinical Interests:
Behavioral medicine, neurocognitive assessment in medical populations, psychosocial assessment among pretransplant candidates, psychosocial interventions in medical populations, exercise training, weight reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, adherence, and behavioral activation
Research Interests:
Dr. Smith is interested in the impact of lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise, on neurocognitive function and mood. He has also published multiple studies examining the relationship between cardiovascular disease, major depressive disorder, and neurocognitive outcomes, preoperative predictors of postoperative delirium, the impact of cardiothoracic interventions on neurocognitive outcomes, and the relationship between patterns of dietary intake and cardiovascular outcomes.
Representative Publications:
  • Blumenthal, JA; Smith, PJ; Welsh-Bohmer, K; Babyak, MA; Browndyke, J; Lin, PH; Doraiswamy, PM; Burke, J; Kraus, W; Hinderliter, A; Sherwood, A. Can lifestyle modification improve neurocognition? Rationale and design of the ENLIGHTEN clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2013;34:60-69.  Abstract
  • Hoffman, BM; Blumenthal, JA; Carney, RC; O'Hayer, CV; Freedland, K; Smith, PJ; Babyak, MA; Davis, RD; Mathew, JP; Martinu, T; Palmer, S. Changes in neurocognitive functioning following lung transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation. 2012;12:2519-2525.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ. Physical activity, vascular health, and cognitive impairment. Archives of internal medicine. 2012;172:83.  Abstract
  • Cirulli, ET; Attix, DK; Smith, PJ; Chiba-Falek, O; Pennuto, TO; Linney, KN; Goldstein, DB. Contribution of pastimes and testing strategies to the performance of healthy volunteers on cognitive tests. Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2011;25:778-798.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA. [Psychiatric and behavioral aspects of cardiovascular disease: epidemiology, mechanisms, and treatment]. Revista Espanola de Cardiologia. 2011;64:924-933.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Craighead, L; Welsh-Bohmer, KA; Browndyke, JN; Strauman, TA; Sherwood, A. Effects of the dietary approaches to stop hypertension diet, exercise, and caloric restriction on neurocognition in overweight adults with high blood pressure. Hypertension. 2010;55:1331-1338.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Watkins, LL; Hinderliter, A; Hoffman, BM; Steffens, DC; Sherwood, A; Doraiswamy, PM. Cerebrovascular risk factors and cerebral hyperintensities among middle-aged and older adults with major depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2010;18:848-852.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Hoffman, BM; Cooper, H; Strauman, TA; Welsh-Bohmer, K; Browndyke, JN; Sherwood, A. Aerobic exercise and neurocognitive performance: a meta-analytic review of randomized controlled trials. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2010;72:239-252.  Abstract
  • Greene, NH; Attix, DK; Weldon, BC; Smith, PJ; McDonagh, DL; Monk, TG. Measures of executive function and depression identify patients at risk for postoperative delirium. Anesthesiology. 2009;110:788-795.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Georgiades, A; Sherwood, A; Sketch, MH; Watkins, LL. Association between n-3 fatty acid consumption and ventricular ectopy after myocardial infarction. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2009;89:1315-1320.  Abstract
  • Taylor, JL; Smith, PJ; Babyak, MA; Barbour, KA; Hoffman, BM; Sebring, DL; Davis, RD; Palmer, SM; Keefe, FJ; Carney, RM; Csik, I; Freedland, KE; Blumenthal, JA. Coping and quality of life in patients awaiting lung transplantation. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2008;65:71-79.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Georgiades, A; Hinderliter, A; Sherwood, A. Effects of exercise and weight loss on depressive symptoms among men and women with hypertension. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2007;63:463-469.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Georgiades, A; Sherwood, A; Sketch, MH; Watkins, LL. Ventricular ectopy: impact of self-reported stress after myocardial infarction. American Heart Journal. 2007;153:133-139.  Abstract
  • Smith, PJ; Blumenthal, JA; Babyak, MA; Hoffman, BM; Doraiswamy, PM; Waugh, R; Hinderliter, A; Sherwood, A. Cerebrovascular risk factors, vascular disease, and neuropsychological outcomes in adults with major depression. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2007;69:578-586.  Abstract