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.
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.
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.
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.