James G. Smith, PhD

Dr. Jim Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology at Felician University since 2001, teaches in both the Masters and Doctoral degree programs in Counseling Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in New York State. Following a career as an Instructor of English at the University of Illinois and Temple University, he earned a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University and, after four years at Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC  in Human Resources, he served on the Medical Staff of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, NY as staff psychologist for 18 ½ 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 University Veterans Task Force and has published research on issues faced by veterans in their transition into college. Dr. Smith is married and has five grandchildren.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

I am interested in career development and especially how careers fit with the psychological culture of an organization. I teach courses in both the Masters and Doctoral Counseling Programs which explore these issues. As Faculty Advisor to our Veterans Task Force,  I remain interested in the academic career development of our military veteran students. I have special interests in how adults develop through their lifetime, and in the techniques of both individual and group counseling. I am also deeply interested in the relationship between the arts and psychology, believing that the arts can be profoundly illuminating about what it is to be human.

Courses Taught at Felician University


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 555 Vocational and Career Development

PSYC 560, 575 & 576 Clinical Practicum and Supervision

PSYC 565 Groups: Theory and Practice

PSYC 590 Research and Evaluation Methods

PSYC 631 Organizational Counseling Psychology


Smith, J; Vilhauer, R; & Chafos, V. (2016). Do military veteran and civilian students function differently in college? Journal of American College Health.
Associate Professor James Smith
Office Location:
Kirby Hall 112
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6000 x6223
Contact Email:


PhD, Columbia University, Counseling Psychology (1985)
MA, New York University, English Literature (1965)
AB, 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)