Karen Smith, LMSW

Social Worker Coordinator


Karen Smith is a Social Work Clinical Scholar and Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She serves as the Manager of the Zero to Thrive Infant and Early Childhood Clinic. She is Co-Director of the Parent Management Training Clinic.  Her primary clinical interest is in the treatment of young children and their caregivers who have experienced trauma and early relationship disruptions.  In Karen's research roles, she has worked with military families, implementing a group for families, Strong Military Families.  She also serves as the clinical supervisor for an Infant Mental Health Home Visiting Study.

Areas of Interest

  • Infant and Early Childhood Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy


Master of Social Worker, University of Michigan, 1988 Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1985