Pamela Smith MD, completed specialty training in psychiatry at New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia & Cornell and later served on the faculty of the UCLA Medical School and staff of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital. For several years, she has worked in humanitarian aid providing mental health education and training to clinicians of varied disciplines (doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors).
Dr Smith has directly trained practitioners serving impoverished communities in South Africa, people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, survivors of the tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, and refugees of the conflicts in Iraq and Darfur. Dr. Smith has participated in coordinating projects with organizations and agencies including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), International Medical Corps (IMC), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). In addition, she has served on the peer review panel of the United Nations/Inter-Agency Standing Committee Mental Health Task Force developing international guidelines for mental health interventions during emergency disaster relief.
Dr. Smith has also provided clinical services to varied resource-limited communities in urban and rural areas of the United States and has worked for the U.S. Indian Health Services (IHS ) supporting the mental health of Native Americans. She has developed and currently implements the Telepsychiatry Service for the San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Service (northern California). Dr Smith has recently published the book, Mental Health Care in Settings Where Mental Health Resources are Limited, which is a reference guide for health providers practicing in areas where there is little or no access to mental health services.