About Dr. Smith

About Dr. Smith

Psychologist, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Pfaelzer Smith, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a full time private practice in Natick, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, with her master’s thesis on mathematical giftedness in young adolescents and her doctoral dissertation on eating disorders. Dr. Smith completed her clinical training in Chicago area hospitals with specialized training in children, adolescents, and young adults, and a post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorders at Northwestern University Medical School with specialization in working with adolescents, young adults and adults. She has worked a staff psychologist at Chicago and Boston area hospitals,  and has held faculty appointments and supervised graduate students at Northwestern University Medical School, Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Tufts Medical School.

Dr. Smith provides intellectual, educational and neuropsychological testing evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults/college/graduate students, and she offers consultation and support services for individuals, parents, and schools.  She provides individual psychotherapy for older children/adolescents (age 11-18) and adults, using an integrated approach that considers the person as a whole, with treatment tailored to meet specific needs and concerns.

Dr. Smith has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • ADD/ADHD and Attentional Vulnerabilities
  • Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating
  • Executive Functioning/Organizational issues
  • Educational Needs/Academic Accommodations
  • Giftedness/Dual Exceptionality
  • Learning Disabilities/Learning Differences
  • Intellectual/Neuropsychological/Educational Testing Evaluations
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Private School/College Selections
  • School Readiness/Grade Acceleration

Dr. Smith also consults with Boston area schools regarding intellectual giftedness, learning disabilities, ADHD, attention and learning differences and behavioral issues, and she provides intellectual testing evaluations for private schools admissions, public school gifted programs, and gifted online programs and summer camp admissions. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), American Psychological Association (APA), Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE), Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society (MNS), Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), and the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology.