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Dylan Smith, PhD

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine Program in Public Health

 Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Psychology

Office: HSC 3-074

Office Phone: (631) 638-2021

E-mail: dylan.m.smith@stonybrook.edu

Dr. Smith’s research interests include the use of social cognitive principles to study resilience and adaptation in the context of disability and illness, including implications for medical decision making and social policy. Specifically, he examines how one’s social context influence health and emotional resilience. He also explores how cognitions and beliefs about health and physical functioning affect decision making—that is, how evaluations of different health states affect decisions about treatments and allocation of resources.


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 T echniques)

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 in 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

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

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 Science, 14:320-327, 2003.


Smith, D.M., Langa, K.M., Kabeto, M.U., & Ubel, P.A. Health, wealth, and happiness: Financial resources buffer subjective well-being after the onset of a disability. Psychological Science, 16: 663-666, 2005.

Smith D.M., Sherriff R.L., Damschroder L.J., Loeenstein G., & Ubel P.A. Misremembering colostomies? Former patients give lower utility ratings for colostomy than do current patients. Health Psychology, 25(6): 688-694, 2006.

Damschroder, L.J., Ubel, P.A., Riis, J. & Smith, D.M. An Alternative Approach for Eliciting Willingness-to-Pay: A Randomized Internet Trial. Judgment and Decision Making, 2(2): 18-28, 2007.

Smith, D.M., Loewenstein, G., Rozin, P., Sherriff, RL, & Ubel, PA. Sensitivity to disgust, stigma, and adjustment to life with a colostomy. Journal of Research in Personality, 41(4): 787-803, 2007.

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