Steve Smith, PhD

Portrait of Steve Smith, PhD

Steve Smith, PhD

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Steve Smith develops and oversees programs supporting Dell Medical School students throughout their medical careers. The Student Affairs office is responsible for all student-related issues, including activities and events related to recruiting, admissions, orientation, events, and advising programs for students related to careers, academics, financial literacy and personal concerns. The student affairs model he is implementing is one focused on close contact with students to identify needs and marshalling the considerable resources of the students, the faculty, and UT Austin to promptly and effectively address those needs.

Steve has a PhD in Behavioral Studies. He worked in the Medical Student Affairs office at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for over 17 years. He gained progressive responsibility and was named Assistant Dean for Student Success Programs. His original role and focus was on the psychosocial wellness of medical students. His interest expanded to professionalism, career advising, match success, student finances, and academic success. He has presented on each of those topics at national and regional meetings of the AAMC.