OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Dr. Macie P. Smith is a proud HBCU alum of South Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor's in Social Work and Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling; she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Dr. Smith is a Licensed Gerontology Social Worker and an award-winning Alzheimer's and Dementia educator and author with over 19 years of experience working with aging and vulnerable populations in South Carolina. She is the elected State President of the National Association of Social Workers. In addition, Dr. Smith is a Professor at the University of South Carolina, Benedict College and a Professor/Subject Matter Expert at the University of Phoenix; focusing in the areas of social work, social sciences, and public health. Dr. Smith is the owner of Diversified Training Consultants Group, a Geriatric Care Management Group, and the author of A Dementia Caregiver's Guide to Care.
She has appeared in several editions of Faculty Matters Magazine for her continued contributions in the academic areas of teaching, discovery, integration, and application. She conducts research, develops programs, conducts program evaluations, and facilitates professional development training in the areas of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's/Dementia capable care, family caregiving, healthy aging, and care management. Her focus is coordinating quality care within aging and underserved communities.
Dr. Smith is a regular contributor on OnPoint on WACH FOX 57 where she answers health related questions posed by viewers. She also maintains a monthly column in the Carolina Panorama and has been a featured contributing writer in the All About Seniors magazine. Dr. Smith's most notable work has been published in the Dementia:Sage Journals, In Our Community, Dementia Speaks: Pilot of a person-centered training targeting African-American caregivers of persons-living with dementia (innovative practice)
Dr. Smith has been recognized as a Top 20 Under 40 leader by the South Carolina Black Pages magazine for her work as a community and industry change agent. Dr. Smith has been featured on WACH FOX 57, WIS-TV's Awareness, WLTX, ABC Columbia, WFMV, WGCV, Alzheimer's Speaks radio, and WURD radio. She's recently been featured in VoyageATL Magazine.
Dr. Smith empowers women to #AgeOnPurpose. "Be intentional in your journey. You define aging. Don't allow aging to define you. It renders helplessness" ~ Macie P. Smith
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