David V. Smith, 2012

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Temple University

Professional Background

After completing my PhD at Duke, I pursued a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Mauricio Delgado at Rutgers University, where I published nearly a dozen articles examining how brain connectivity contributes to reward processing and decision making. In addition, I also received a postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In January 2017, I joined Temple University as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. My laboratory uses functional neuroimaging and noninvasive brain stimulation to examine how humans make social and economic decisions. Be sure to visit my lab website.

How has being a P&N graduate helped shape your professional success?

Duke provides a superb intellectual environment that fosters a range of training within psychology and neuroscience. During my time at Duke, I was fortunate to work with Dr. Scott Huettel, who introduced me to the field of neuroeconomics and taught me much of what I know about neuroimaging. Under Dr. Huettel’s mentorship, I was able to publish over a dozen articles and win a predoctoral NRSA fellowship from the NIMH. These experiences—coupled with other training opportunities at Duke—have shaped much of my success over the years. And now that I have my own laboratory at Temple University, one of the things that excites me most is mentoring my own graduate students and contributing to their success in the same way that Duke and Dr. Huettel have contributed to mine. 

David V. Smith, 2012