Dr. Crystal Lederhos Smith

Some 860 students from across the Washington State University system celebrated December 7 as new graduates during Fall Commencement. Among them was Crystal Lederhos Smith, Bonners Ferry, who earned her doctorate in prevention science, adding a PhD to her name.

Dr. Lederhos Smith currently holds the position of Clinical Research Supervisor at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Gonzaga University and her masters in family and consumer science from the University of Idaho, both summa cum laude.

She is experienced in advanced quantitative analytics and multiple forms of qualitative analysis. Broadly, her research addresses Substance Abuse.

She has engaged in research in the areas of marijuana, opioids, alcohol, tobacco, and methamphetamine, with a heavy emphasis on marijuana and opioids and a focus on youth and families.

Her research has led to collaborations locally, within the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene communities, as well as nation- and worldwide. She has been a Co-Investigator or Research Supervisor on over $7 million in grants and contracts, two active, 10 completed, over the six years she has been with WSU.

She has reviewed for nine journals and currently serves on the Early Career Prevention Network Board as the Lead Liaison for the International Committee.

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