Kimberly Renae Smith, Ph.D., M.S.

Headshot of Kimberly Renae Smith
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests

Eating Behaviors; Taste Processing & Physiology; Eating Disorders; Obesity; Gut-Brain Axis; Neuroendocrinology; Mental Health more



  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions



  • M.S.; Florida State University (Florida) (2012)
  • Ph.D.; Florida State University (Florida) (2015)
  • B.S.; Wofford College (South Carolina) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Smith's research is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying eating- and weight-related disorders and determining how factors such as taste and food choice influence treatment outcomes. Her lab uses sophisticated neuroimaging acquisition and analysis techniques coupled with rigorous behavioral assessments to identify mechanisms of disease and therapeutic targets to improve patient and treatment outcomes in individuals across the age and weight spectrum.

Contact for Research Inquiries

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Phipps Building
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-6853

Activities & Honors


  • Predoctoral Fellowship, NIH Institutional Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Florida State University
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Glee Ross Hollander Dissertation Award, Florida State University
  • Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award, Florida State University
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award, P.E.O. International
  • Beidler Award for creativity, collegiality, and productivity in research, Florida State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIMH Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Davis Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for Eating Disorders Research
  • Harry R. Kissileff Award, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior
  • Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Blue Key Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviors
  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences
  • The Obesity Society
Is this you? Edit Profile
back to top button