David Smith
J. David Smith
Full professor

LMX C343
613-562-5800 ext. 4344

J. David Smith, Ph.D., is a professor of counselling psychology at the University of Ottawa. His primary research interests center on school-based bullying prevention programs, with a particular emphasis on understanding how they can be made to be more effective. His current program of research is designed to study the links among school climate, children's attachment to school and bullying. It examines the proposition that schools with positive climates in which students and teachers have mutually warm and caring relationships have lower rates of bullying and victimization. Professor Smith is a member of PREVNet and BRNET, both international networks of researchers, educators, and community-based organizations committed to the prevention of bullying and promotion of healthy relationships among children.

Research interests

  • School climate
  • Teacher-student relationships in school setting
  • Bullying prevention programs in schools
  • Ethical and professional issues in counselling
  • Acceptance and engagement therapy