Department of Psychology

Ryan Smith Ph.D., D.O., M.Ed.

Part-Time Lecturer of Psychology
photograph of Dr. Ryan Smith

Office Location

506 Science Building (A-wing)

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

by appointment



Academic Degrees

  • University of the Cumberlands, Ph.D., Educational and Organizational Leadership, 2019
  • University of New England, M.Ed., Master of Medical Education, 2014
  • University of New England, D.O., Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2010
  • Stonehill College, B.S., Biochemistry & Physics, 2006


Teaching Fall 2021

PSY 365 Physiological Psychology (Online)


Dr. Ryan Smith is a psychiatrist and medical school professor and a part-time Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Southern Maine.

Dr. Smith obtained his doctorate of medicine degree at the University of New England and completed post-graduate training in psychiatry at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Maine Medical Center before accepting his current position as a professor of psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry at the University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford. Dr. Smith is completing a Ph.D. in educational and organizational leadership and holds a Masters degree in medical education.

He is passionate about teaching, has received several teaching and leadership awards, and is most interested in psychopharmacology, and somatic treatments of psychiatric illness, such as electroconvulsive therapy and newly-emerging neuropsychiatric surgical techniques. He is also interested in medical and undergraduate teaching modalities and how pedagogy and andragogy intersect.

Areas of Expertise

Board-Certified Psychiatrist by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry

-Maine Medical Center, Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013-2014
-Dartmouth Medical School/Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Resident in Psychiatry, 2011-2013
-Harvard Medical University, Intern in Psychiatry, 2010-2011

Research Interests

Neuroscience and pain, psychopharmacology, somatic treatments of psychiatric illness, neuropsychiatric surgical techniques, medical education