Dylan Smith, Ph.D.

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Dylan Smith, Ph.D.

Professor, Program in Public Health

Director, Master of Public Health Program

Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Psychology


PHONE: (631)-638-2021

EMAIL: Dylan.Smith@stonybrookmedicine.edu

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Dr. Smith's research interests include the use of social cognitive principles to study resilience and adaptation in the context of aging-related disability and chronic illness. As part of this research, he uses real-time measurement methods in micro-longitudinal designs to examine the complex interplay between social and cognitive factors, physical and emotional symptoms, and health and well-being. He also explores how cognitions and beliefs about health and physical functioning affect quality of life. Current projects include a longitudinal study of racial/ethnic disparities in people with chronic pain, and a study of risk and resilience factors in Alzheimer's caregivers.


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Arizona State University

MA, Social Psychology, Arizona State University

BS, Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Academic Interests:

Emotional Adaptation to Illness and Disability; Interpersonal Relationship Factors that Influence Health and Well-Being; Quality of Life Measurement (including Psychometric Development of New Measurement Techniques).

Professional Memberships:

  • Association for Psychological Science Gerontological Society of America
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Research Activities and Projects:

Racial disparities in quality of life and osteoarthritis; Survey methods in ecological momentary assessment; Biomarkers for stress and resilience in chronic pain; Altruistic Motivation and regulation of the stress response; Methods of quality of life measurement.

Select Publications:

Smith, D.M., DeCaro, J.A., Murphy, S.L., and Parmelee, P.A. (2019) Momentary Reports of Fatigue Predict Physical Activity Level: Wrist, Waist, and Combined Accelerometry. Journal of Aging and health.

Rivera, NV, Parmelee, PA, & Smith, DM (2018). The impact of social interactions and pain on daily positive and negative affect in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee. Aging and Mental Health.

Parmelee, PA, Scicolone, MA, Cox, BS, DeCaro. JA, Keefe, FJ, & Smith, DM (2018). Global Versus Momentary Osteoarthritis Pain and Emotional Distress: Emotional Intelligence as Moderator. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Parmelee, PA, Cox, BS, DeCaro, JA, Keefe, FJ, & Smith, DM (2017). Racial/ethnic differences in sleep quality among older adults with osteoarthritis. Sleep Health.

Smith, DM (2016). Using the Day Reconstruction Method to quantify time spent suffering among older adults with chronic pain. Statistics in Transition.

Smith, DM & Parmelee, PA (2016). Within-day variability of fatigue and pain among African American and non-Hispanic Whites with osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis Care and Research.

Smith, D.M., Brown, S.L., & Ubel, P.A. Are subjective well being measures any better than decision utility measures? Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2008;3(1):85-92.

Murphy, S.L., Smith, D.M., Clauw, D.J., Alexander, N.B. The impact of momentary pain and fatigue on physical activity. Arthritis Care and Research. 2008;59(6):849-856.

Smith, D.M., Brown, S.L., & Ubel, P.A. Mispredictions and misrecollections: Challenges for subjective outcome measurement. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2008;30(6):418-424.

Smith, D.M., Loewenstein, G., Jankovich, S., Jepson, C., Feldman, H., & Ubel, PA. Mispredicting and misremembering: Patients overestimate improvements in quality of life after renal transplant. Health Psychology. 2008; 27(5): 653-658

Smith, D.M., Loewenstein, G., Rozin, P., Sherriff, RL, & Ubel, PA. (2007) Sensitivity to disgust, stigma, and adjustment to life with a colostomy. Journal of Research in Personality.

Smith D.M., Sherriff R.L., Damschroder L.J., Lowenstein G., & Ubel P.A. (2006) Misremembering colostomies? Former patients give lower utility ratings for colostomy than do current patients. Health Psychology.

Smith, D.M., Langa, K.M., Kabeto, M.U., & Ubel, P.A. (2005) Health, wealth, and happiness: Financial resources buffer subjective well-being after the onset of a disability. Psychological Science.

Brown, S.L., Nesse, R.M., Vinokur, A.D., & Smith, D.M. Providing social support may be more beneficial than receiving it: Results from a prospective study of mortality. Psychological Science14:320-327, 2003.