Meet Me

Dr. Smithey is a School Psychologist, Educational Researcher, and Writer specializing in the prevention, early intervention, and treatment of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Having worked in the school, home, and residential settings, she enjoys sharing the tools she has acquired over the years as well as shedding light on disability related topics. 

Professional Experience 
Dr. Smithey gained experience as a School Psychologist in several districts across the county of San Diego, allowing her to work with a variety of populations and greatly expand her professional knowledge. Currently she is proud to be an Educational Psychologist for the Encinitas Union School District at two Elementary Schools, as well as conducting research through the Templeton Neuro Academic Clinic. Prior to becoming a School Psychologist, Dr. Smithey worked in Special Education as a Private Behavioral Consultant, Behavior Specialist, and Behavior Counselor. 

Educational Experience 
Dr. Smithey attended Alliant International University, earning her Doctorate of Educational Psychology (Psy.D.) while specializing in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. She attended National University, where she received both her Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology and her Masters of Science in the area of School Psychology. She Majored in Psychology and earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from San Diego State University. 

Personal Information 
A native Southern Californian, Ashley grew up in the San Fernando Valley with her three siblings. She has a friendly, mellow, and happy Alaskan Malamute/Labrador Mix, named Koda Bear, that she loves to take hiking and camping. When she isn't working, Ashley enjoys Pilates, Yoga, Snowboarding, Traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors. 


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  2. This is such a great website! I love the information and the IEP Goal Bank. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  3. Thank you for the awesome goal bank! It is so helpful!

  4. Dr. Smithey, I am so pleased to have discovered your website/blog. As a special education teacher, I strive to write reports and IEPs that fully describe my students and that truly meet their individual needs. Although I am capable of doing so, I tend to be a perfectionist (OCD-ish?) when writing these IEPs. Your goal bank is just what the doctor ordered for me. Thank you so much and I look forward to following your future posts/updates.

  5. Hi there! Great site and very helpful goal suggestions! Was wondering if you could share how you worded the objectives for the 5th coping skills goal about increasing insight on self-regulation?

  6. Greetings. A lot of great stuff in this site. I would very much like to show you and anyone else interested the software we have developed for IEP data collection. It is in use in over 100 schools. Send me an email if you like: Our web site is:

  7. Could you give me some input on writing a task/assignment completion goal for the general education setting.

  8. Dr. Smithey, your blog is incredibly helpful. I have been a teacher since 2004 and have found my most rewarding teaching positions with at-risk students. I have taught for several years in a substance abuse treatment facility for adolescent males in Powell Wyoming.
    I am currently enrolled in a SPED Master's program through Western Governs University. My second class for this program was an Emotional and Behavioral Disorders class. This class hit home to me because so many of my students are self medicating to self treat their own emotional and behavioral disorders. As I work on my Master's program, I want to learn more about working with this population of students. I feel that I can help my students so much better if I understand where they are at mentally. Can you please suggest any conferences or organization that I can become part of? With the classes that I am taking, I am learning that I have so much more to learn.
    As a teacher, I do not just present my students with information and expect them to regurgitate the facts. My kids are special! I first teach them how to learn. I try to make it real for them so they can apply it to their own lives. I plant a seed and hope for it to grow as they return to their home environments.
    Thank you for any assistance that you may offer. :)
    My email address is Thanks again

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  12. I just happened to find this blog while googling 'goals for social emotional behavior' and feel like I struck gold!. I plan to bring the list of goals to our MET, and have the team (including parent) help decided which ones we should start with. Im eager to try these out, in hopes that we can help this little guy! Will keep you updated :)