Dr. Colby Smith Retires | Scholarship Named in His Honor

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Dr. Colborn (Colby) W. Smith (PhD), a core faculty member and professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England (AUNE), has retired after a 38-year career. Colby began his career at AUNE in 1977 and was one of the founding members of the Department of Clinical Psychology. Most recently he served as associate chair and director of internships for the Department. Two retirement celebrations were held in his honor; one on April 6 for students and one on May 7 for faculty, staff and alumni. During the second celebration, Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart, director of Institution Advancement, announced a scholarship named in his honor. The Colby Smith Scholarship was established to recognize a continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship will acknowledge a student’s aspirations and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE.

“Over many years, Colby has been an important mentor to hundreds of our doctoral students,” said Dr. Kathi Borden, chair of the Department of Psychology. “He was instrumental in developing our professional seminar sequence to support student personal and professional growth. His gentle, kind demeanor has helped students find a warm and caring ‘home’ in our program. He will be missed!”

Dr. Smith earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, his master’s degree in higher education and counseling from Ohio State University, and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Muskingum College. He trained in organization development with the National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine. He has served as an executive officer of the Western Massachusetts/Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Local Chapter, Division of Psychoanalysis (39), American Psychological Association.

His particular interests involve the application of psychoanalytic thinking to issues of counter transference in psychotherapy. He has also been a member of a psychoanalytic research group on unconscious communication. Dr. Smith has applied his interests in object relations theory to issues of containment and safety in supervision and training. He was co-developer of the Professional Seminar model of training and has been co-author of several training papers for the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Dr. Smith has presented his work on object relations theory and supervision throughout New England. He also has been a consultant to numerous practitioners, especially with regard to the development of private practices and alternative systems of service delivery. He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and has a private practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supervision in Amherst, Massachusetts.

“Colby always went above and beyond for his students,” said Julie Taddonio, PsyD Candidate. “I remember talking with him on the phone about internships, then we would end up chatting and catching up about life. It was always nice to hear from him in that way and I view him as a mentor who I hope I will stay in touch with for many years to come.”

The application for the Colby Smith Scholarship is available here. The deadline is August 1. To contribute to the scholarship, please contact Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart, director of Institutional Advancement, at (603) 283-2165 or [email protected]

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