Dr. Joy Smith ED.D.

Dr. Joy Smith holds licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Alabama and Tennessee and as a Licensed Psychologist in Tennessee.  She has over thirty-five years clinical experience in private practice and higher education academic settings. Her current focus with Pathlight Way is on emotional and spiritual wellness education.  Dr. Smith received her doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

For ten years, Dr. Smith served as clinical director of one of the largest Christian counseling centers in the Maryville/Knoxville, Tennessee area. In addition to counseling services, the center focused on wellness education for adults and children.  For a number of years, she served as adjunct faculty for university psychology and education graduate programs.  Her teaching responsibilities included instruction as well as training and supervision of graduate counseling and psychology interns.


Dr. Smith's experience includes work as a behavioral consultant for children with special needs in state school districts.  As a presenter for state and national professional mental health and academic organizations, she  provided training for medical professionals, mental health clinicians and educators.