Dana Smith, PhD
Writer & Editor
Dana Smith brings expertise in science communication to GBHI. By writing about the inspirational work being done by the fellows and faculty at GBHI, she hopes to raise awareness of the growing plight of dementia and what is being done to fight it.
Smith has worked as a freelance writer, focusing on stories relating to health and science, with a special interest in the brain. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Fast Company, Scientific American: Mind, and Discover. She also helps universities and research organizations tell their stories of scientific discovery, the realities of lab life, and the personalities who make the magic happen. Prior to joining GBHI, Smith was the communications and media relations specialist at the Gladstone Institutes, translating and promoting basic life science research to the public.
Before transitioning to a career in science communications, Smith earned a PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge, where she studied neurocognitive risk and protective factors associated with drug addiction.
Bio: Dana Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Southern California. She obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge.