Mark Smith

Breakout Speaker

Mark Smith, MS

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Training Director


Mark Smith, MS, an Omaha native, joined the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) in January, 2003 as its Consumer/Family Coordinator. He was promoted to MMI faculty in 2015. HIs educational experience includes earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Psychology from the University of Nebraska. He is the parent of and sibling to family members with disabilities. Mark has done extensive work in individual and family advocacy, personnel preparation, clinical services, and public policy regarding disabilities across the age span at the local, state, and national levels. 

Mark supervises the University Center on Excellence in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities grant training program, and supervises a Developmental Disabilities Council grant on individual and family leadership and advocacy training. He also works within the MMI Interdisciplinary Training Program, including serving as a Family Faculty to MMI’s Leadership Enhancement in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND ) program. One of the many programs Mark helps direct is Project DOCC (Delivery of Chronic Care), a UNMC training program where families of children with special healthcare needs serve as trainers for Pediatric and Family Practice Medical Residents along with MMI Interdisciplinary trainees on family-centered and chronic care concerns. Mark has also conducted grant-funded training and other trainings and presentations to a variety of audiences on disability leadership, self-advocacy, Special Education and inclusion, parenting children with disabilities, addressing behavior problems, and law enforcement and developmental disabilities.  To this end, Mark has presented to disability organizations, at conferences, and guest taught university students on these topics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Lincoln and as well as at UNMC.

Mark also is involved in disability-related systems change activities in Nebraska and nationally as the Institute representative and advisor to numerous organizations and efforts, including the Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children; the Executive Board of the Association of University Centers; on federal task forces and standing committees; as a board President of the Nebraska Parent Training and Information Center; as a technical advisor on Early Intervention policy and family-centered practices to the Nebraska Department of Education; as Institute representative to the Nebraska Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities; and serves on the UNMC Vice-Chancellor’s Legislative Advisory.