Suzanne R Smith is a Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Medicine, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has been involved in mind-brain-body research at the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA since 2005. She worked with critically ill children and their families for many years prior to joining the center. Her research interests include chronic pain, brain-gut interactions and mindfulness meditation as a modality for various pain disorders. She is also an Integrative Health Practitioner in the Digestive Health and Nutrition Clinic at UCLA. Her clinical expertise is in functional gastrointestinal disorders, offering tools to empower and restore a sense of ease and wellbeing.
She has a BA in East/West cross cultural studies, a BS in Nursing and in 2004 completed her graduate work in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at UCLA. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners.
She completed the UCLA Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Program in 2012.
She trained with the Heart Touch Project and volunteers offering compassionate touch to the dying.
She is a graduate of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Fearless Compassionate Care, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Facilitation Teacher Training Programs. She teaches mindfulness at UCLA for brain imaging research and for patient populations. She teaches at Insight LA Meditation Center where she runs the Fearless Compassionate Care Program for Caregivers. She teaches Mindful Self Compassion at the Cancer Support Community and has also taught at corporations and in the community.
Kilpatrick LA, Suyenobu BY, Smith SR, Bueller JA, Goodman T, Creswell JD, Tillisch K, Mayer EA, Naliboff BD. Impact of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training on intrinsic brain connectivity. Neuroimage. 2011 May 1;56(1):290-8.
Hong JY1, Kilpatrick LA, Labus J, Gupta A, Jiang Z, Ashe-McNalley C, Stains J, Heendeniya N, Ebrat B, Smith S, Tillisch K, Naliboff B, Mayer EA. Patients with chronic visceral pain show sex-related alterations in intrinsic oscillations of the resting brain. J Neurosci. 2013 Jul 17;33(29):11994-2002. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5733-12.2013.
Hong JY, Kilpatrick LA, Labus JS, Gupta A, Katibian D, Ashe-McNalley C, Stains J, Heendeniya N, Smith SR, Tillisch K, Naliboff B, Mayer EA. Sex and diseaserelated alterations of anterior insula functional connectivity in chronic abdominal pain. J Neurosci. 2014 Oct 22;34(43):14252-9. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1683-14.2014.
Hubbard CS, Hong J, Jiang Z, Ebrat B, Suyenobu B, Smith S, Heendeniya, N, Naliboff BD, Tillisch K, Mayer EA, Labus JS. Increased attential network functioning related to symptom severity measures in females with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Neurogastroenterology Motility 2015 Sep;27(9) 1282-94 doi 10.1111/nmo 12622 E pub2015 Jun 19
Hong, JY, Naliboff B, Labus JS, Gupta A, Kilpatrick LA, Ashe-Mc Nalley C, Stains J, Heendeniya N, Smith SR, Tillisch K, Mayer EA. Altered brain responses in subjects with irritable Bowel Syndrome during cued and uncued pain expectation. Neurogastroenterology Motility 2016 Jan;28 (1):127-38