Dr. Smith

Ryan M. Smith, D.O., M.Ed., Ph.D., FAPA, FFSMB, FNAOME

Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry

Chief of Psychiatry

Course Director, Osteopathic Medical Knowledge II A and B

System Manager of Psychiatry Course


Biddeford Campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities

Dr. Smith is the Chief of Psychiatry and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.  He leads the Division of Psychiatry as well as the UNECOM OMS-II Psychiatry Curriculum and is the clinical 3rd-year Discipline Chief of Psychatry.  He also is Immediate Past Chair of the COM Curriculum Committee (Curriculum Advisory Committee, CAC).  He is a Diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP) and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA), Federation of State Medical Boards (FFSMB), American College of Osteopathic Neuropsychiatrists (FACN), and of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (FNAOME). He advises our Neuropsychiatry Club and also is co-advisor for the Gold Humanism Award. He was named 2014-2015 UNECOM Clinical Faculty Member of the Year as well as 2016 Maine Osteopathic Association Young Physician of the Year, and 2018 American Osteopathic Foundation's (AOF's) James Lally, D.O., Emerging Leader of the Year. He is Chair of the Department of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Clinical Neurosciences at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and previously was Examination Chair for COMAT Psychiatry. He also serves on the Maine Board of Osteopathic Licensure as a Board Member. He recently completed a Ph.D. in education and leadership in the health sciences, and is starting work on an MBA in Healthcare Administration.



M.B.A., Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration
Fisher College
Ph.D., Education and Leadership in the Health Sciences
University of the Cumberlands
M.Ed., Master of Education
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
D.O., Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
B.S., Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Stonehill College

Clinical Affiliations

Director of Psychiatric Medicine, Eastport Health Care (Eastport, Maine)
Physician-In-Charge, New Hampshire State Psychiatric Hospital (Concord, New Hampshire)
Department Chair, COMAT Psychiatry, and COMLEX-USA and COMAT Test Item Writer and National Faculty, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Inc. (NBOME) (Chicago, Illinois)

Board Certifications and Licenses

Diplomate, American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, 2014

Post-Doctoral Training

Internship, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 2010-2011
Harvard Hospital System (Boston, Massachusetts)

Residency, Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, 2011-2013
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, New Hampshire)

Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Yr 1 of 2), Maine Medical Center, 2013-2014
Maine Medical Center (Portland, Maine)


Selected publications

Jackson, F., Duane, E., Harmon, R., Kollar, R. A., Rainville, N. M., & Smith, R. M. (2019). Resources That Improve Medical Board Licensing Examination Performance. Cureus, 11(10), 1-28.

Mercadante, M. A., Kelly, C. B., Hamlin, T. A., Delle Chiaie, K. R., Drago, M. D., Duffy, K. K., Smith, R. M., ... & Hill, C. R. (2014). 1, 3-γ-Silyl-elimination in electron-deficient cationic systems. Chemical Science, 5(10), 3983-3994.

Pelotte, A. L., Smith, R. M., Ayestas, M., Dersch, C. M., Bilsky, E. J., Rothman, R. B., & Deveau, A. M. (2009). Design, synthesis, and characterization of 6β-naltrexol analogs, and their selectivity for in vitro opioid receptor subtypes. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters, 19(10), 2811-2814.

Other scholarly activity

Several Poster Presentations around New England and Nationally.

Research topics

COM Faculty Research
COM Medical Education
COM Neuroscience and Pain
Drug Interactions