Alicia K. Smith, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Human Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Psychiatric Genetics Core
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics


Alicia K. Smith, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Principal Investigator in the Human Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory, and Director of the Psychiatric Genetics Core at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is a member of the Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics Reserach Program at Winship.


Dr. Smith earned her PhD in molecular genetics from Wake Forest University.


Dr. Smith studies the role of genetic and environmental factors in the development and symptoms of stress-related disorders across the lifespan. She uses a number of complementary approaches including bioinformatics and genome-wide evaluations of sequence variants, DNA methylation and gene expression to explore i) how prenatal exposures influence the risk for developmental and behavioral problems during childhood and ii) how early life stress influences the risk for developing adult psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD or perinatal depression and iii) how medications or biologically active chemicals induce behavioral responses such as depression, fatigue or suicidal ideation.


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