Lisa Smith, PhD
Dr. Lisa Smith is Faculty for the BS in Human Services Leadership, MA in Human Services, and PhD in Human Services programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC). She serves as Faculty Advisor of the Human Services Club and Facilitator of the Turn the Tide Initiative. She joined the organization in 2021. Her educational background includes a combined BA/MA degree in General Psychology from the City University of New York at City College in 2000, a PhD from Walden University in 2013, and an MS degree in criminal justice from Johnson & Wales University in 2021. Dr. Smith's professional background consists of counseling survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and PTSD using hypnotherapy. She also serves an advocate for at-risk youth and juveniles in the criminal justice system. Since 2001, she has worked in academia teaching psychology, sociology, and criminal justice courses. Additionally, she has served as a consultant specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and provided trainings for universities.
As a published author, she writes children, young adult, and academic books to raise awareness of the ways to combat sexual violence. "The Blaming & Shaming of Defenseless Victims in America's Rape Culture" explores the ways collective memory, religion, and sexist beliefs are used to silence survivors and protect the powerful while justice is denied in sexual assault cases. Her first children's book "Chad Keeps a Secret" helps parents and children have fruitful discussions about sexual assault while teaching elementary school children how to trust in each other, the adults around them, and learn to solve problems that deal with mental health. She currently runs Right2Consent.com, a sex crime data collection website that encourages survivors of sexual victimization to report the crime to law enforcement. Last, she was the co-founder of the Stereotype Awareness Conference in south Florida held at Johnson & Wales University from 2007-2020.