Specialities and experience
Correctional Mental Health
Jail and prison standards of care
Mental health issues in jails and prisons
Inmate self-harm and suicide
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards
Correctional Officer Health and Wellbeing
Crisis Intervention Training
Crisis Intervention Team
Hayden Smith is a Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Hayden P. Smith is a Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina. His principal focus of study is the intersection of the criminal justice and public health systems. Dr. Smith is a national and international expert on self-injurious and suicidal behaviors occurring in incarcerated populations. Other areas of study include mental health programs in jail and prison, officer wellness and resiliency, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), reentry initiatives, and best practices in evaluating corrections-based programs. Dr. Smith has expertise in program evaluation and policy analysis and has worked with numerous correctional and health systems, including over one million dollars in research grants. Dr. Smith’s previous publications have appeared in top-tiered journals like Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, and Criminal Justice & Behavior.