Rachel E Goldsmith

Rachel E Goldsmith, PhD

  • ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Population Health Science and Policy

Rachel E. Goldsmith, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and traumatic stress studies researcher. Dr. Goldsmith’s research program examines connections among contextual aspects of traumatic experiences, psychological and physical health difficulties, and recovery processes. During her internship at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dr. Goldsmith taught classes for veterans on managing PTSD symptoms related to combat trauma, sexual assault, and other stressors, as well as mindfulness-based classes for both PTSD and depression. She also provided evidence-based group and individual treatments for PTSD and related problems, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Goldsmith completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she focused on cancer patients’ posttraumatic stress and related psychological difficulties. As a faculty member of Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Goldsmith started the hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-based program; taught cognitive behavioral, DBT, and mindfulness skills for patients and students; and provided instruction and clinical supervision for interns, medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows. She received a faculty incubator grant to implement research on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for PTSD and depression. She has also contributed to research initiatives involving MBSR for medical patients funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her current research focuses on the ways that mindfulness and self-compassion relate to recovery from trauma and impact physical health. She continues to be actively engaged in clinical practice with individuals who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, and physical health challenges. Dr. Goldsmith is a reviewer for several professional journals, and recently served as a guest editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation’s special issue on systemic trauma – the ways that institutions, cultures, and communities exacerbate or mitigate trauma and people’s responses. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR