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Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith, Ph.D., LPC

Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling,
College of Education

Contact number: 281-212-1773
Office: Pearland 222-237


While technically from many places, Nate called Wyoming home the longest. He holds a B.A. in Music where he studied Jazz Piano and an MS in Counseling—both from the University of Wyoming. He completed his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University.

Nate’s research interests include LGBTQIA issues in Counseling, narrative approaches in qualitative research, and the application of feminist counseling theories, specifically Relational Cultural Theory. He is an amateur Portuguese speaking jazz pianist and happily married to a world-renowned Brazilian concert pianist and parent to a 4-year-old goldendoodle named Maple.

Areas of Expertise

LGBTQIA issues in counseling; gender and sexuality issues in counseling; application of feminist counseling approaches


  • Lértora, I. M., Herridge, A. S., Smith, N. L., & Croffie, A. L. (2021). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual international students transitions conceptualized using relational-cultural theory: A phenomenological study. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1-17.
  • Smith, N. Strategies for Counselors and Families to Support LGBTQ Youth. American Child & Adolescent Counseling Newsletter. Fall 2019.

Research Projects

  • Bildungsroman of Queer Youth & Constructing Narratives on Internalized Homophobia
  • Internalized Biphobia and Controlling Images: A Narrative Inquiry