Anyaliese Hancock-Smith, PhD
Dr. Hancock-Smith specializes in the treatment of mental health concerns related to the negative impact homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ youth, including transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Dr. Hancock-Smith takes an LGBTQ affirmative stance in her therapeutic approach, which includes a positive view of LGBTQ identities. Her areas of clinical expertise include Affirmative Psychotherapy, helping LGBTQ youth navigate the Coming Out and Transition processes, assessment of medical readiness for cross-sex hormone therapy, and family therapy focused on difficulties experienced by LGBTQ families related to stigma and discrimination, in addition to navigating the Coming Out and Transition processes.
Dr. Hancock-Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Medical Psychology. She co-founded the YGD clinic with Dr. Silverstein and Dr. Meehan, and serves as the Licensed Psychologist in the clinic. Dr. Hancock-Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Alcorn State University in Alcorn, Mississippi and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received specialized training in child and family therapy. She then completed her postdoctoral residency and fellowship at the University of Florida in the Division of Medical Psychology and Department of Psychiatry where she further developed her expertise in child and family therapy. Dr. Hancock-Smith’s graduate and postgraduate trainings occurred in a variety of settings, which included: medical centers, residential treatment programs, community mental health centers, university counseling centers, and private practice. All of her training experiences have strongly emphasized multiculturally-informed, evidenced-based practice.