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Patrice Smith

Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

Dr. Patrice Smith started her five-year mandate as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) at Carleton University on July 1, 2019.

Prior to beginning her role as Dean of FGPA, Dr. Smith was the Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) in the Faculty of Science, where she received the 2018 Science Impact Award for exceptional contributions to research, teaching and service. She has previously served as President of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA). She has also served on the Carleton University Board of Governors and Senate for a number of years.

Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Ottawa. Before joining Carleton in 2008, she pursued a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She continues to pursue her research as a Full Professor in Carleton’s Department of Neuroscience. Her research focuses on understanding the response of the nervous system to injury and disease. Her work attempts to identify novel mechanisms to promote recovery from ailments such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She continues to supervise graduate and undergraduate trainees in her research laboratory at Carleton.