As a woman of faith and a seminary-trained psychologist, Dr. Smedley greatly values each individual and community religious and spiritual values. To practice psychology without acknowledgement of the mind-soul the connection is a negligent, less than optimal approach, especially in communities of color. Dr. Smedley believes that our faith impacts our value systems, decision making, relationship styles, and it factors into our resilience. It can also be an important factor to unpack when exploring relationships, traumas, and triggers. Dr. Smedley's research background in trauma and spirituality has been an important investment in clinical approach.