Margaret Smith

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Cross-Cultural Psychology

Phone: 312-777-7708



  • Psy. D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2002.
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2000.
  • B.A., Saint Xavier University, 1989.


Dr. Smith is a Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Prior to coming to Argosy University, she was a director of training and clinical supervisor in outpatient community mental health settings. She has administrative experience working in community psychology, not-for-profit settings, program development and grant writing. Her clinical experience includes individual, family, group and couple's therapy, high risk clients, substance abuse treatment, trauma and crisis intervention. She has clinical experience working with urban American Indians, Arab Americans, Latino Americans, African Americans, Anglo Americans, Bosnian refugees, and political asylum seekers from Albania, Liberia, Ethiopia and Congo Zaire. Her interests include culturally relevant, tailored and appropriate interventions, increasing awareness of neocolonialism and multigenerational transmission of trauma, human rights, and developing culturally competent psychologists. She previously worked with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Practice Analysis Task Force to review competency clusters and emphasis for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). She currently serves as the Chair for the Diversity Committee for The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).


  • Cross-Cultural Psychology.
  • Clinical Competency Areas.
  • Mentoring Early Career Psychologists.
  • Professional Development.


  • American Psychological Association.
  • Society of Indian Psychologists.

Selected Publications

  • Rodalfa, E., Greenberg, S., Hunsley, J., Smith-Zoeller ,M., Cox, D., Sammons, M., Spivak, H. (2013). A competency model for the practice of psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 7(2) 71-83.

Selected Presentations

  • 2016 – Making the Invisible Visible: Mentoring Students in Navigating Microaggressions Across the Cultural Divide in Academia. The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Midwinter Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • 2016 - Perspectives in Cross-cultural Mentoring. Argosy University, Chicago
  • 2015 - Incorporating Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Working with Difficult Clients. Allendale Association, Lake Villa, IL
  • 2014 - Understanding Diversity and the Supervisory Relationship. Shared Vision Psychological Services, Oakbrook, IL
  • 2010 - Improving the Dialogue Between Internship Training Sites and Academic Programs. New York Psychological Association Quarterly Meeting, New York, NY.

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