Dr. Nathan Grant Smith

Dr. Nathan Grant Smith


Title: Department Chair & Associate Professor

Department: Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

Program: Counseling Psychology

Office Number: 489 FH

Phone: 713-743-7648

Email: ngsmith@uh.edu

Website: http://coreresearchteam.com

Research Interests:

Dr. Nathan Grant Smith is currently Chair of the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Dr. Smith's main area of research focuses on stress and coping, with emphases on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer persons and persons living with or affected by HIV. Specific areas of interest include discrimination and resilience, lesbian/gay/bisexual identity, and primary and secondary prevention of HIV. Currently, his research focuses on the intersection of minority stress and health behaviors among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer persons. He is currently conducting studies to examine and intervene on HIV risk behaviors among gay and bisexual men, using a syndemic lens to understand the continued high incidence of HIV among this population, as well as studies on substance use among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer individuals. Dr. Smith's secondary lines of research focus on bereavement, gender issues, and professional and training issues in counseling psychology.

Dr. Smith's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is currently PI on the NIH-funded project "Project PRIDE: Intervention to Reduce HIV risk in Young Sexual Minority Men" (R21DA041250). He previously served as PI on two CIHR grants: "Bisexual Identity: Implications for Mental, Behavioural, and Physical Health" (CIHR 2011-03-MOP-115157) and "Project PRIDE (Promoting Resilience In Discriminatory Environments): A Primary HIV Prevention Intervention for Gay/Bisexual Men" (CIHR 2010-03-HHP-107543). In addition, he is the recipient of an NIH Loan Repayment Program award.

Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of APA's Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity). He is a recipient of the APA Division 17 Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (SLGBTI) Award for Significant Contribution to Social Justice and Advocacy and the University of Houston College of Education Faculty Research Excellence Award. He has chaired the APA Fellows Committee, the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and the APA Division 17 SLGBTI. He is a licensed psychologist in Texas.

For more information on Dr. Smith and his research, please visit his website at


Recent Publications:

For a full list of publications, see:


Guschlbauer, A., Smith, N. G., De Stefano, J., & Soltis, D. E. (2019). Minority stress and emotional intimacy among individuals in lesbian and gay couples: Implications for relationship satisfaction and health. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36, 855-878. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407517746787

Seal, D. W., Smith, N. G., Sun, C. J., & Thompson, E. L. (2019). Reflections on a mentoring partnership journey. Health Behavior Research, 2(4). https://doi.org/10.4148/2572-1836.1060

Winderman, K., & Smith, N. G. (2019). Minority stress and LGB-inclusive television viewing frequency among LGB adults: The roles of community connectedness and perceived social support. Mass Communication and Society, 22, 248-269. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2018.1504303

Fuks, N., Smith, N. G., Peláez, S., De Stefano, J., & Brown, T. L. (2018). Acculturation experience among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrants in Canada. The Counseling Psychologist, 46, 296-332. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000018768538

Smith, N. G., Mohr, J. J., & Ross, L. E. (2018). The role of bisexual-specific minority stressors in sexual compulsivity among bisexual men. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 33, 81-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2017.1386301

Smith, N. G., Winderman, K., King, B., Obasi, E. M., & Reitzel, L. R. (2018). The association of lesbian, gay, and bisexual identity facets with smoking dependence motives. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 20, 388-392. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntx061

Winderman, K., Martin, C. E., & Smith, N. G. (2018). Career indecision among LGB college students: The role of minority stress, perceived social support, and community affiliation. Journal of Career Development, 45, 536-550. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845317722860

Reitzel, L. R., Smith, N. G., Obasi. E. M., Forney, M., & Leventhal, A. M. (2017). Perceived distress tolerance accounts for the covariance between discrimination experiences and anxiety symptoms among sexual minority adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 48, 22-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.07.006

Smith, N. G., Hart, T. A., Kidwai, A., Vernon, J. R. G., Blais, M., & Adam, B. (2017). Results of a pilot study to ameliorate psychological and behavioral outcomes of minority stress among young gay and bisexual men. Behavior Therapy, 48, 664-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2017.03.005

Juster, R. P., Ouellet, E., Lefebvre-Louis, J.-P., Sindi, S., Johnson, P. J., Smith, N. G., & Lupien, S. (2016). Retrospective coping strategies during sexual orientation identity formation and current biopsychosocial stress. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 29, 119-138. https://doi.org/10.1080/10615806.2015.1004324

MacKinnon, C. J., Smith, N. G., Henry, M., Milman, E., Berish, M., Farrace, A. J., Körner, A., Chochinov, H. M., & Cohen, S. R. (2016). A pilot study of meaning-based group counseling for bereavement. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 72, 210-233. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222815575002.

Smith, N. G., Hart, T. A., Moody, C., Willis, A. C., Andersen, M. A., Blais, M., & Adam, B. (2016). Project PRIDE: A cognitive-behavioral group intervention to reduce HIV risk behaviors among young gay and bisexual men. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 398-411. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.08.006

Winderman, K., & Smith, N. G. (2016). Sexual minority identity, viewing motivations, and viewing frequency of LGB-inclusive television among LGB viewers. Sexuality & Culture, 20, 824-840. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-016-9361-2

Juster, R. P., Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Mendrek, A., Pfaus, J. G., Smith, N. G., Johnson, P. J., Lefebvre-Louis, J.-P., Raymond, C., Marin, M. F., Sindi, S., Lupien, S. J., & Pruessner, J. C. (2015). Sexual orientation modulates endocrine stress reactivity. Biological Psychiatry, 77, 668-676. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.08.013

Kleiman, S., Spanierman, L. B., & Smith, N. G. (2015). Translating oppression: Understanding how sexual minority status is associated with White men’s racial attitudes. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16, 404-415. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0038797

MacKinnon, C. J., Smith, N. G., Henry, M., Milman, E., Chochinov, H. M., Körner, A., Berish, M., Farrace, A. J., Liarikos, N., & Cohen, S. R. (2015). Reconstructing meaning with others in loss: A feasibility pilot randomized controlled trial of a bereavement group. Death Studies, 39, 411-421. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2014.958628

Moody, C., Fuks, N., Pelaez, S., & Smith, N. G. (2015). “Without this, I would for sure already be dead”: A qualitative inquiry regarding suicide protective factors among trans adults. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 266-280. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000130


Hart, T. A., Vernon, J. R. G., & Smith, N. G. (2019). Sexual health interventions for HIV-negative sexual minority men. In J. Pachankis & S. Safren (Eds.), Handbook of evidence-based mental health practice with LGBT clients (pp. 313-338). New York: Oxford University Press.

Smith, N. G. (2017). Resilience across the lifespan: Adulthood. In K. L. Eckstrand & J. Potter (Eds.), Trauma, resilience, and health promotion for LGBT patients: What every healthcare provider should know (pp. 75-88). New York: Springer.

Juster, R. P., Seeman, T., McEwen, B. S., Picard, M., Mahar, I., Mechawar, N., Sindi, S., Smith, N. G., Souza-Talarico, J., Sarnyai, Z., Lanoix, D., Plusquellec, P., Ouellet-Morin, I., & Lupien, S. J. (2016). Social inequalities and the road to allostatic load: From vulnerability to resiliency. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental psychopathology: Risk, resilience, and intervention (3rd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 381-434). New York: Wiley.



B.A. in Psychology, Southern Methodist University, 1997
M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002