James G. Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Jim Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology at Felician College since 2001, teaches in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in New York state. After four years at Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC, where he worked in Human Resources, he returned to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, NY, where he had interned and remained as staff psychologist for 18 years. At Montrose, he served as the Director of the Post Traumatic Stress Program and, later, the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Dr. Smith has worked with veterans of WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the current conflicts in the Middle East. He continues his work with veterans as faculty advisor to the Felician College Veterans Task Force and is currently conducting research on the issues faced by veterans in their transition into college. Dr. Smith is married and has five grandchildren.

Field of Interest

I am interested in career development and especially how careers fit with the culture of an organization. I teach a course in our Masters in Counseling Program, "Vocational and Career Development" which explores these issues. As Faculty Advisor to our Veterans Task Force, I have a special interest in helping veterans make a successful transition into college and to that end, will be teaching a course designed to help newly enrolled veterans achieve that goal. I also have special interests in how adults develop through their lifetime (the course is entitled "Developmental Models of Personal Growth," and in the techniques of group counseling.

Courses Taught at Felician College


PSYC 101- Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 105 Life Span Development
PSYC 203 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 301 Educational Psychology
PSYC 325 Psychology of Careers
PSYC 390 Systems and concepts of Psychology
PSYC 406 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 407 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 410 Undergraduate Research in Psychology
PSYC 420 Independent Study in Psychology
PSYC 425 Psychology and the Arts


PSYC 505 Introduction to Counseling
PSYC 507 Developmental Models of Personal Growth
PSYC 510 Techniques of Counseling and Appraisal
PSYC 560 Clinical Practicum I
PSYC 565 Groups: Theory and Practice

Office Location:
Kirby Hall 112
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6000 x6223


Ph.D., Columbia University, Counseling Psychology (1985)
M.A., New York University, English Literature (1965)
A.B., Georgetown University, English Literature (1962)

Positions Held

Felician College, Associate Professor (2001-present)
Hudson Valley Health Care System, Staff Psychologist (1988-2005)
Chase Manhattan Bank, Director Internship Program (1984-1988)
Columbia University Teachers College, Program Design Specialist (1978-1982)
Elizabeth NJCETA, Vocational Program Director (1976-1978)
Temple University, Instructor of English (1968-1974)
University of Illinois, Instructor of English (1968-1974)