Dr. Shannon Toney Smith

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Dr. Shannon Toney Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office: CEMC 109-I
Phone: 843-661-1633


Dr. Smith’s primary research interest is in the investigation of disparate theoretical models of psychopathic personality (psychopathy) and alternative assessment approaches to conceptualizing this disorder. Her particular interest is in examining the core features of this disorder, including the assessment of psychopathic traits separate from criminal behavior. In addition to her research on psychopathy, she has also conducted research on forensic psychology issues such as allegations of bias in mental health expert testimony and violence risk assessment.

Her teaching interests include forensic psychology, personality assessment, psychology of personality, and additional topics pertaining to clinical psychology.


APA Internship in Clinical Psychology

University of Massachusetts Medical School/Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital, Worcester, MA 

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

M.A., Clinical-Adult Psychology

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL

B.S., Psychology

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC


Selected Publications

Smith, S. T., Cox, J., Mowle, E. N., & Edens, J. F. (in press). Intentional inattention: Detecting feigned Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder on the Personality Assessment Inventory. Psychological Assessment.


Mowle, E. N., Kelley, S. E., Edens, J. F., Donnellan, M. B., Smith, S. T., Wygant, D. B., & Sellbom, M. (in press). Development of an inconsistent responding scale for the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure. Psychological Assessment.


Edens, J. F., Penson, B. N., Ruchensky, J. R., Cox, J., & Smith, S. T. (2016). Interrater reliability of Violence Risk Appraisal Guide scores provided in Canadian criminal proceedings. Psychological Assessment, doi:10.1037/pas0000278


Kelley, S. E., Balsis, S., Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., Douglas, K. S., & Poythress, N. J. (2016). A dimensional comparison of a self-report and a structured interview measure of conduct disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 30, 232-241. doi:10.1521/pedi_2015_29_191


Sörman, K., Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., Clark, J. W., Kristiansson, M., & Svensson, O. (2016). Boldness and its relation to psychopathic personality: Prototypicality analyses among forensic mental health, criminal justice, and layperson raters. Law and Human Behavior, 40(3), 337-349. doi:10.1037/lhb0000176


Brislin, S. J., Drislane, L. E., Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., & Patrick, C. J. (2015). Development and validation of triarchic psychopathy scales from the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. Psychological Assessment, 27(3), 838-851. doi:10.1037/pas0000087


Fields, S., Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., Rulseh, A., Donnellan, M. B., Ruiz, M. A., & … Douglas, K. S. (2015). Examining the psychometric properties of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale–Brief Form in justice-involved samples. Psychological Assessment, 27(4), 1211-1218. doi:10.1037/a0039109


Edens, J. F., Cox, J., Smith, S. T., DeMatteo, D., & Sörman, K. (2015). How reliable are Psychopathy Checklist-Revised scores in Canadian criminal trials? A case law review. Psychological Assessment, 27, 447-456.


DeMatteo, D., Edens, J. F., Galloway, M., Cox, J., Smith, S. T., & Formon, D. (2014). The role and reliability of the Psychopathy Checklist—Revised in U.S. sexually violent predator evaluations: A case law survey. Law and Human Behavior, 38(3), 248-255. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000059


DeMatteo, D., Edens, J. F., Galloway, M., Cox, J., Smith, S. T., Koller, J. P., & Bersoff, B. (2014). Investigating the role of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in United States case law. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20(1), 96-107. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035452


Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., Clark, J. & Rulseh, A. (2014). “So what is a psychopath?” Venireperson perceptions, beliefs and attitudes about psychopathic personality. Law and Human Behavior, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000091


Smith, S. T., Kelley, S. E., Rulseh, A., Sörman, K., & Edens, J. F. (2014). Adapting the HCR-20 V3 for pre-trial settings. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13(2), 160-171. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2014.906520


Sörman, K., Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., Svensson, O., Howner, K., Kristiansson, M., & Fischer, H. (2014). Forensic mental health professionals’ perceptions of psychopathy: A prototypicality analysis of the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality in Sweden. Law and Human Behavior, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lhb0000072


Cox, J., Clark, J. C., Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., & Magyar, M. S. (2013). Jury panel member perceptions of interpersonal‐affective traits of psychopathy predict support for execution in a capital murder trial simulation. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 31(4), 411-428. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.2073


Edens, J. F., Clark, J., Smith, S. T., Cox, J., & Kelley, S. E. (2013). Bold, smart, dangerous and evil: Perceived correlates of core psychopathic traits among jury panel members. Personality and Mental Health, 7(2), 143-153.


Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., & McDermott, B. E. (2013). Fearless Dominance and Self-Centered Impulsivity interact to predict predatory aggression among forensic inpatients. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 12, 33-41.


Edens, J. F., Smith, S. T., Magyar, M. S., Mullen, K., Pitta, A., & Petrila, J. (2012). “Hired guns,” “charlatans,” and their “voodoo psychobabble”: Case law references to various forms of perceived bias among mental health expert witnesses. Psychological Services, 9(3), 259-271.


Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., Epstein, M. K., Stiles, P. G., & Poythress, N. G. (2012). Do the psychopathic personality traits of Fearless Dominance and Self-Centered Impulsivity predict attitudes about and influences on research participation? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 1-15.


Smith, S. T., Edens, J. F., & Vaughn, M. G. (2011). Assessing the external correlates of alternative factor models of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Short Form across three samples. Journal of Personality Assessment, 93, 244-256.


Rose, P., Smith, S. T., & Segrist, D. J. (2010). Too cheap to chug: Frugality as a buffer against college-student drinking. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 9, 228-238.


Vaughn, M. G., Edens, J. F., Howard, M. O., & Smith, S. T. (2009). An investigation of primary and secondary psychopathy in a statewide sample of incarcerated youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 7, 172-188.


Smith, S. T., & Ross, L. T. (2006). Environmental and family associations with racism.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 2750-2765.


Invited Publications


Smith, S. T. (2015). Prisoner ethics. In Cautin, R. & Lilienfeld, S. O. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology. Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell.




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