Brandi D. Smith, Psy.D.
and Practice Owner
Brandi D. Smith, Psy.D. is a Georgia licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Brandi specializes in clinical child and pediatric psychology and the evidence-based assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has experience evaluating for autism in children 12 months of age, and can monitor development at even earlier ages. She has also worked with individuals through adulthood. Dr. Brandi is clinically trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2). Her assessment experience also has included training and work in a range of settings including hospitals, universities, specialized treatment and evaluation centers, community mental health centers, and private practice. She has a passion for working with individuals with complex or atypical presentations of autism and regularly completes evaluations for the female phenotype and PDA presentations of autism. Dr. Brandi feels strongly that evaluations are not meant to categorize an individual, but rather help them learn about themselves and access appropriate supports or resources.
While her primary interest is in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Brandi also has experience assessing for and treating a variety of other medical, behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric presentations. This has contributed to her ability to address co-morbid difficulties commonly associated with ASD (e.g., feeding and nutrition, sleep, toileting, meltdowns, anxiety, low self-esteem) and to assist with connecting autistic individuals and their families with community and educational supports and resources tailored to their unique needs.
Dr. Brandi earned her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology through the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta. She completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship in clinical pediatric psychology with the May Institute in Massachusetts and her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgia Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Brandi has worked in private practice since 2018. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Georgia Psychological Association and Society of Pediatric Psychology.
Dr. Brandi’s passion for working with autistic individuals emerged while she was an undergraduate student earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgia State University. There, she received her initial introduction to assessing for autism and contributed to research for early developmental screening. As she went on to become a graduate student, she continued training in the assessment of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and evaluated children with genetic conditions, epilepsy, cancer, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, spina bifida, and congenital heart conditions. While in graduate school, she worked at Emory University for several years evaluating children exposed to substances neonatally as part of a research study investigating the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and provided intervention services at Marcus Autism Center.
In her spare time, Dr. Brandi enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and paddle boarding. She also likes reading, learning, and spending time with her family, two German Shepherds (Zalla and Zeno), and friends.