BA, University of Rochester; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
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 courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Psychological Testing.
Students who wish to become involved in research with Dr. Smerbeck should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
July 9, 2019
Gender diversity guide aimed at helping faculty learn more about gender
Assistant Professor Alan Smerbeck is working with Q Center director Chris Hinesley on an updated edition of Gender Diversity: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, which is set to come out in spring 2020. Originally published in 2016, the guide is meant to serve as a base-level reference book for learning about gender diversity, labels and pronouns, and the do’s and don’ts of talking about gender identities.