Sep 17, 2020
Erin Smith, Montgomery Co. HHS
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Dr. Erin Smith is the Manager of Data and Evaluation for Aging and Disability Services within Montgomery County Health and Human Services. Montgomery County, Maryland is located northwest of Washington, D.C. and has nearly 1.1 million residents. It is home to the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Smith, a proud Floridian, earned her Bachelor’s in Finance with a minor in Gerontology and a Master’s Degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences with a concentration in Gerontology from the University of Florida. She received her doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Kansas. Her area of expertise is environmental gerontology, which is the study of how the environment impacts older adults and the aging process. Specifically, her research focused on how psycho-social factors impact the decision to voluntarily relocate in later life. Since receiving her doctorate degree Dr. Smith has worked in the private and public sectors with a focus on older adults. She has been in her current role with Montgomery County for five years. In this role she works with more than 30 aging and disability programs to understand and enhance the efficacy, equity, and success of services provided by the County. Most recently she co-led a task force focused on responding to Covid-19 for older people and people with disabilities in the County.

In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, hiking, cooking, and going on long walks with her dog, Flagler (named after famous Floridian, Henry Flagler).