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Cate Smith, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Special Education

Biography

Cate Smith is a clinical assistant professor of special education at the University of Tennessee. Smith earned her BS and MS degrees from the University of Tennessee. Following her master’s, she taught students with moderate to profound intellectual and developmental disabilities in public schools in East Tennessee. After five years in the classroom, she earned a doctorate in education with a concentration in special education from the University of Tennessee. She joined the faculty of Appalachian State University from 2013-2018 before coming to the University of Tennessee in 2018. 

Smith serves as the Job-Embedded Practitioner coordinator for teachers pursuing special education licensure. 

 

Professional Background


Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Education, concentration special education), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Master of Science (Teacher Education, concentration special education), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Professional Service

Smith is a member of several professional organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children where she is a member of the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.


Awards and Recognitions

Research Article of the Year Council for Exceptional Children Technology and Media Division: Evaluating augmented reality to complete a chain task for elementary students with autism. Journal of Special Education Technology (2016) 

The University of Tennessee Educators Hall of Honor Scholarship Recipient (2013)


Publications

Selected book Chapters

Boudah, D. J., Hudson, M. E., Warren, S. H., Shankland, R. K., & Smith, C. C. (2018). Independent living and employment for people with disabilities. In Boudah (Ed.), People with Disabilities: Face to Face. San Diego: Cognella Publications. 

Cihak, D. F., & Smith, C. C. (2017). Teaching academic skills to elementary age students with intellectual disability. In Gargulio & Bouck (Eds.), Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild, Moderate, and Severe Intellectual Disability. New York: Sage Publications. 

Cihak, D. F., & Smith, C. C. (2016). Developing social interaction competence. In Zager, Cihak, & Stone-MacDonald (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identification, Education, and Treatment (4th ed.). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 

Selected articles published in refereed journals 

Smith, C. C., McMahon, D., Cihak, D. F., & Coleman, M. B. (2019). Examining digital messaging applications for postsecondary students with intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education Technology (in press). https://doi.org/10.1177/0162643418822107

Smith, C. C., Cihak, D. F., Kim, B., McMahon, D. D., & Wright, R. (2017). Examining augmented reality to improve navigation skills in postsecondary students with intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education Technology, 32(1), 3-11. DOI: 10.1177/0162643416681159 

Cihak, D. F., Moore, E. J., Wright, R. E., McMahon, D. D., Gibbons, M. M., & Smith, C. C., (2016). Evaluating augmented reality to complete a chain task for elementary students with autism. Journal of Special Education Technology, 31(2), 99-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/0162643416651724

McMahon, D., Smith, C., Cihak, D. F., Wright, R., & Gibbons, M. (2015). Effects of digital navigation aids on adults with intellectual disabilities: Comparison of paper map, Google Maps, and augmented reality. Journal of Special Education Technology, 30 (3), 157-165. DOI: 10.1177/0162643415618927

External funding 

Smith, C. C. (2019). Appalachian State Scholars with Diverse Abilities. Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education, Department of Education. (CFDA #84.407A) $15,000

Lakey, E., Smith, C. C., Koppenhaver, D., & Garwood, J. (2017). Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE): Preparing preservice speech-language pathologists and special educators. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education. (CFDA #84.325K) $1,079,524

Ward, A., Smith, C. C., & Harrison, M. (2015). Scholars with Diverse Abilities. Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education, Department of Education. (CFDA #84.407A) $1,485,695

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Contact Information

  • A412 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-4156
  • E-mail: ccaudle1@utk.edu