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Adriana Kipper-Smith

Associate Director for Clinical Services


My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and it is an amalgam of my training and experience working as a clinical psychologist in South America and in the U.S. I love having genuine and courageous conversations that spark curiosity and connectedness while helping students develop more resilience and insight into their lives. As a white Latina, cisgender female, I am committed to using my privilege and power to promote equality and justice.

Dr. Kipper-Smith received her clinical psychology doctorate from Fielding Graduate University, completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Vanderbilt/VA Internship in Professional Psychology, and postdoctoral training at the VU Counseling Center.

Adriana began her career as a psychologist in Brazil, where she maintained a private practice for seven years before moving to the U.S.

She anchors her approach in multicultural, feminist, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic theories, and she is committed to promoting mental health and social justice.

Dr. Kipper-Smith served as the Center’s interim director during the academic year 2017/2018. Currently serving as clinical director, she is dedicated to promoting an environment of excellence, kindness, and ongoing collaboration within the multifaceted and ever-changing nature of the UCC.

  • Multicultural Concerns Committee, Division of Psychoanalysis Scholar 2015-2016
  • Certified in Heart Rate Variability by Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)
  • Languages: English and Portuguese