Dr. Allison M. Smith
Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities
Allison has spent the last 10 years working in the field of substance mis/use prevention and recovery in higher education, with eight of those years being spent at Louisiana State University before an entity move to the Louisiana Board of Regents, where she currently works.
A consistent passion for Allison is addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessin the world of prevention programming and recovery in higher education – on both the student and staff sides. In sharing her personal experiences, Allison is able to show audiences a different perspective they may not have previously considered in their good faith efforts to collectively problem-solve. Through her love of conversation and collaboration, Allison enjoys connecting multiple parties to create innovative yet practical solutions and making “hard” or “difficult” conversations empathetic, informative and actionable to create a more just and equitable world.
Additionally, Allison enjoys encouraging others to fully be their authentic selves in every arena and to discover, develop and leverage their social capital. With
extensive experience, a passionate desire for change and a humorous stage presence, Allison is sure to motivate, captivate and educate your audience.
Allison is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received a B.S. in Psychology in from Southern University A & M College, and both a Masters of Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling (Higher Education Administration specialization) from Louisiana State University