Brian D. Smedley, PhD
Brian D. Smedley, PhD Brian D. Smedley is Chief of Psychology in the Public Interest, where he leads APA’s efforts to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice. A national thought leader in the field of health equity, Dr. Smedley got his start in Washington, D.C. as an APA Congressional Science Fellow.
Most recently, he was co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. Former positions include: co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leadership National Program Center; Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC; and Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda.
Among his awards and distinctions, in 2013 Smedley received the American Public Health Association’s Cornely Award for social activism; in 2009 Smedley received the Congressional Black Caucus Congressional Leadership in Advocacy Award; in 2005 he received a Presidential Citation from the APA; in 2004 he was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH coalition as a “Health Trailblazer” award winner; and in 2002 he was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus “Healthcare Hero” award.