Full CV (pdf): Benjamin_K_Smith_CV


  • Doctor of Philosophy May 2012
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
    Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science May 2000
    Brown University, Providence, RI


  • Research Design — survey research, experimental design, usability testing
  • Programming — Java, R, E-Prime
  • Data Analysis — statistics, R, Excel, SPSS
  • Information Visualization — custom graphics using ggplot
  • Writing and editing
  • Web Stuff — SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, HTML


  • 2014 – Present. Consultant, My clients include Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, CASL, and Aesthetics & Astronomy. My projects include creating data collection software for computer workstations and
    online surveys, data collection and statistical analysis, information visualization, writing, and editing.
  • 2015 – 2016. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. I taught Research Methods, Statistics, and Cognitive Psychology.
  • 2008 – 2014. University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), College Park, MD. I was a
    graduate research assistant from 2008 – 2012, and a post-doctoral research associate from 2012 – 2014. I worked primarily on two US Government-funded aptitude batteries. I designed, wrote, adapted, and maintained
    cognitive tests, primarily using E-Prime. I collected and analyzed data using these and other tests. I also helped to transition some of these tests to a web-based format.
  • Summer 2008. National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD. I was an intern and wrote a paper about graphics and photographs as part of voting systems.
  • 2002 – 2008. University of Maryland Department of Psychology. I was a research assistant, and then a teaching assistant for introductory psychology, statistics, and cognitive psychology classes.
  • Summer 2007. U. S. Census Bureau, Suitland, MD. I was an intern and worked on a usability study for a web site for kids.
  • 2001 – 2002. MJ Datacorp, Providence, RI. I was a research assistant at this social science research firm. I worked on a study of risk and protective factors that surveyed over 90,000 students.
  • 1998 and 2002. Rutgers University Teaching Excellence Center. (Now known as Center for Teaching Advancement
    & Assessment Research). I was a summer intern, and developed and maintained a program to automate reporting of course evaluations.
  • 1996 – 2001. Consultant for various museums and cultural institutions. I analyzed data and wrote reports about visitor studies.