Ali Calkins-Smith, Ph.D.
Helping patients and families solve problems is incredibly rewarding work, says licensed psychologist Ali Calkins-Smith, Ph.D., who joins Johnson County Pediatrics in mid-September. She will see patients Monday through Friday.
Dr. Calkins-Smith sees patients for emotional and behavioral concerns.
“I love working with children and adolescents,” she says. “They are hilarious, fun, kind and honest. I feel super fortunate to have the opportunity to work with not only children, but also their families.”
A native of Overland Park, Dr. Calkins-Smith earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa, and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Calkins-Smith completed her pre-doctoral internship and fellowship training at Children’s Mercy.
“I thought about several careers prior to college, and the common theme to those was getting to work with children and their families,” she says. “I was a biology major initially in college, and I enrolled in a psychology course as an elective. After completion of that course I changed my major to psychology and have loved the field ever since.”
Calkins-Smith’s treatment approach primarily utilizes Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on helping patients to develop tools and strategies to manage distress through addressing connections between thoughts, emotions and behavior.
Dr. Calkins-Smith and her husband, Jordan, have two cats – named Lars and Remy. She and Jordan enjoy spending time with their families, and playing recreational sports with friends. They are also big Kansas City sports fans.