||Dr. Clinton Smith, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Clinton Smith is a 2010 graduate of the University of Memphis. Clinton earned his
master’s degree in Special Education in 2006 and he also earned his Doctorate in Special
Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of Memphis. After
completing his degree and being the first doctoral graduate from the ABA program at
UM, he earned his Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) certification.
Clinton is a co-teacher for Reading/Language Arts at Shadowlawn Middle School in the
Shelby County School district. He has been at Shadowlawn for ten years serving as
a Co-Teacher, Expanded Resource teacher, and an Intervention Specialist. At Shadowlawn,
Clinton participates in many extra-curricular activities with students that include
advising Builder’s Club, coaching basketball, and coordinating the Special Olympics
program. He won the Special Education Teacher of the year from the Pilot Club of
Shelby County in 2005. He has also been nominated for the Jo Bellanti Special Educators
Award and the Heart Award from the Shelby County Education Association (SCEA).
Clinton also serves as a graduate adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis.
He has presented at many international, state, and local conferences. He is primarily
interested in research that involves social skills, Asperger’s Syndrome, teacher praise,
in-school suspension, and positive behavior supports for at-risk students. He has
two articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
He currently serves as a board member for Greater Memphis Special Olympics. He has
been a certified Special Olympics coach since 1993 for track and field as well as
basketball. He attended the USA Special Olympics National Games as an athletics coach
in 2006 and head basketball coach in 2010. Team Tennessee basketball, coached by
Clinton, won the gold medal in the highest division at the National Games.