Dylan M. Smith, PhD
Phone: 631.638.2021
Email: dylan.m.smith@stonybrook.edu
Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, & Bioethics - Level 3-080
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8335


Dylan M. Smith, PhD


Dylan Smith, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Smith's research interests include the use of social cognitive principles to study resilience and adaptation in the context of disability and illness, including implications for medical decision making and social policy. Specifically, he examines how one's social context—including factors such as compassionate (care giving) goals—influence health and emotional resilience.

He also explores how cognitions and beliefs about health and physical functioning affect decision making—that is, how evaluations of different health states affect decisions about treatments and allocation of resources. More generally, he is interested in empirical approaches that can inform policy and bioethical questions. For example he applies social cognitive principles toward improving our understanding of quality of life, with an eye toward enhancing our ability to test theories of adaptation and resilience, but also with the goal of improving the quality of information available to health policy decision makers—and informing the current debate over what should be the primary criteria for evaluating the effects of health policies.