Aaron Smith is an eight-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps infantry (attached to Delta Company 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marines from 05′-13′, out of Albuquerque, NM), and an Associate Professor of Counseling within the Psychology Department at Western Washington University (CACREP). He received dual BAs in Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is also a co-host of The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast (www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com), producing a series on Veterans’ mental health and serves as the Director of the Warrior-Wellness Lab. From research studies to podcasts on Veterans’ mental health, the Warrior Wellness Lab serves as a humanistic mental health think-tank and research collaborative within the Psychology Department at Western Washington University with a two-part mission: Researching and identifying mental health needs among Veterans and developing and testing mental health interventions specifically tailored towards addressing these needs.
Dr. Smith also holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP), as well as, a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP), both from UNM. In New Mexico, he served in roles as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Smith is currently teaching in both the Counseling Graduate Program (CACREP) at WWU as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), as well as, research methods/statistics within the undergraduate psychology program.