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Fri, 06/28/2013 - 2:24pm -- jxgwcs
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York:  University at Buffalo Licensed Psychologist in the State of New York

(585) 475-3953

Spring 2185
Tuesday, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Or by appointment.

Research Interests: 
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Testing & Psychometrics

Dr. Smerbeck earned a combined degree in school and counseling psychology from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, following a combined B.A. in psychology and linguistics from the University of Rochester.  Before coming to work at RIT, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo, NY, blending clinical work in neuropsychology with research, including work on regression-based norms for neuropsychological tests and controlled trials of the efficacy of drugs to enhance cognition in multiple sclerosis patients.

Dr. Smerbeck's current research interests focus on individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as the characteristics of psychological tests and measures (psychometrics).  His past work has examined associated features commonly present in youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, most notably unusual voice characteristics.  He has also published on the comparability of alternate forms of a test of cognitive processing speed, and on alternate methods of analyzing scores from existing tests.  

Dr. Smerbeck teaches Abnormal Psychology, Learning & Behavior, and Law & Ethics in School Psychology.

Students who wish to become involved in research with Dr. Smerbeck should contact him at


Morrow, S. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Patrick, K., Cookfair, D., Weinstock-Guttman, B., Benedict,  R. H. B. (in press). Lisdexamfetamine dimesylate improves processing speed and memory in cognitively impaired MS patients: a phase II study.  Journal of Neurology.

Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Toomey, J. A., Lee, G. K., Smerbeck, A. M., Rodgers, J. D., McDonald, C. A., & Smith, R. A. (in press). Replication RCT of a psychosocial treatment for HFASDs. Psychology in the Schools.

Benedict, R. H. B., Smerbeck, A. M., Parikh, R., Rodgers, J., Cadavid, D., & Erlanger, D. (2012). Reliability and equivalence of alternate forms for the Symbol Digit Modalities Test: Implications for multiple sclerosis clinical trials. Multiple Sclerosis, (epub ahead of  print).

Lee, G. K., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Toomey, J. A., Rodgers, J. D., Smerbeck, A. M., Schaivo, A. L., McDonald, C. A. (2012). Stress, resiliency factors, and quality of life among caregivers of children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (HFASDs). The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling, 18, 25-36.

Lee, G. K., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Schaivo, A. L., Smerbeck, A. M., Volker, M. A., Smith, R. A., & Mirwis, J. E. (2012) Coping strategies and perceived coping effectiveness for social stressors among children with HFASDs: A brief report. Children  Austrailia, 37, 108-114.



Volker, M. A., Smerbeck, A.M., Popkin, J. R., Keddie, E. R., Lee, G. K., Toomey, J. A. Determining substantial discrepancies between WJ-III Cog Normative Update tests.  Accepted for presentation at the 2013 NASP Convention in Seattle, WA.

Hoogs, M. M., Volker, M. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Weinstock-Guttman, B., Benedict, R. H. B.      Executive function mediates the relationship between disease severity and disinhibition and euphoria in multiple sclerosis. Poster presented at the 2012 International Neurological Society Convention in Montreal, QC.

Yeh, E. A., Weinstock-Guttman, B., Smerbeck, A., Benedict, R., Parrish, J. Fatigue and depression are seen more frequently in children with pediatric acquired demyelinating disorders (ADS) than healthy controls (HC). Poster presented at the 2012 American  Academy of Neurology Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Volker, M. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Keddie, E., Popkin, J., Lee, G. Determining substantial discrepancies between WJ-III Ach NU tests.  Poster presented at the 2012 NASP Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Popkin, J. R., Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Lee, G. K., Toomey, J. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Rodgers, J. D., Mirwis, J., & Smith, R. Reliability, Concurrent Validity, and Screening Utility of CARS-2 and GARS-2 Teacher Ratings. Poster presented at the 2011 APA Convention in Washington, DC.