Elizabeth Pfaelzer Smith, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who maintains a full time private practice in Natick, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. She completed her master's thesis on mathematical giftedness in young adolescents and her doctoral dissertation on eating disorders. Dr. Smith completed her clinical training in Chicago area hospitals, and a post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorders/ obesity at Northwestern University Medical Center. She was a staff psychologist at Cook County Hospital and Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, and at New England Medical Center in Boston, and has been on faculty and supervised graduate students at Northwestern University Medical School, Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Tufts Medical School. She maintained a private practice in the Chicago area, and continued in private practice after relocating to the Boston area in 1995. Dr. Smith is trained in many modalities, and uses an integrated model, tailoring treatment and services to meet client's specific issues and needs.
Dr. Smith provides assessment, consultation, testing, and psychotherapy to individuals of all ages and specializes in working with children/adolescents and their parents,college students/young adults, as well as with adults. In addition to working with general psychological problems, she evaluates and treats people with the following concerns/issues:
Eating Disorders (anorexia/bulimia/binge eating) and weight preoccupation
Obesity and weight control with children and adults.
Dr. Smith also works and consults with Boston area schools around issues of intellectual giftedness, learning disabilities, ADHD, attention and learning differences, and behavioral issues, and does intellectual ability testing for area gifted schools including the Sage School and Acera School. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), American Psychological Association (APA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE), Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), Massachusetts Neuropsychological Association, Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), National Eating Disorders Association, and National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology.