October 8, 2018 (Jackson, Miss.) – After an extensive national search, Belhaven President Dr. Roger Parrott has appointed Dr. Bradford Smith the University’s new provost and vice president of academic affairs. … Dr. Smith served as Belhaven’s Dean of Arts and Sciences and School of Fine Arts. He obtained a B.S. in engineering at Tufts University and then a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He earned two doctorate degrees, one in clinical psychology from University of Massachusetts – Boston and the other in education from Claremont Graduate University.
He is a licensed psychologist and has taught psychology and worldview capstone courses at Belhaven. In 2014, Dr. Smith founded Belhaven’s Institute for International Care and Counsel and has served as director. For the past 20 years, Dr. Smith has taught and consulted in the area of mental health and Christian counseling, both locally and internationally. He is the former director of strategic innovation for the Mission Advanced Research and Communication Center of World Vision International. He currently serves as the Catalyst for Global Mental Health and Trauma for the Lausanne Movement.
Dr. Smith served as the first cross-cultural and international track leader for the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). He co-authored the 2017 book Global Mental Health and the Church and is currently working on another book, Global Mental Health: Expanding the Transforming Mission of the Church for InterVarsity Press. Dr. Smith has also co-edited the Journal of Psychology and Christianity’s special issue on Psychology in the Global Context.