Maxine De Butte-Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Old Main, Room 426
Dr. De Butte-Smith joined the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work in 2009. She obtained her B.Sc. degree in Psychology from Trent University in Ontario, Canada in 1997 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University in Ontario, Canada in 1999 and 2004 respectively.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. De Butte-Smith teaches the biological psychology courses in the psychology program including biopsychology and psychopharmacology.
She is one of several professors interested in developing a neuroscience concentration of courses at West Texas A&M University.
Dr. De Butte-Smith is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the largest organization of international scientists and physicians devoted to advancing knowledge of the brain and nervous system as well as finding ways to prevent or cure many devastating neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. De Butte-Smith has published research on the role of hormones such as estrogen on ischemic brain injury. She is continuing her research using rodent models of global ischemia to develop and improve neuroprotective strategies aimed at reducing brain injury and improving functional recovery.
Dr. De Butte-Smith has lived in Montreal, Ottawa, and Edmonton in Canada. Prior to accepting a position at West Texas A&M University, she lived in New York City. She is fluent in French and enjoys the theatre, travelling around the world, and reading.
Dr. De Butte-Smith currently lives in Amarillo with her husband Mitchell and their two cats Misty and Paris.