Patricia Hopkins-Smith

Assistant Professor

CB 42


Dr. Trisha Hopkins earned her PhD in clinical psychology from West Virginia University and completed her internship at the Puget Sound VA – American Lake Division.  Dr. Hopkins approaches clinical work from a service orientation of social justice and multiculturalism. She has served a diverse range of clients in a variety of settings including the VA, nursing homes, inpatient acute psychiatric care, and primary care clinics. Dr. Hopkins’ research interests surround improving mental health outcomes in racial/ethnic minorities and individuals of low socioeconomic status. With these groups she is interested in understanding how mindfulness, attitudes toward seeking mental health treatment, and sociocultural factors contribute to mental health outcomes. In the classroom, Dr. Hopkins strives to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all individuals and emphasizes the importance of hearing the unique perspectives of students from all backgrounds.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University in 2018

MA from West Virginia University

BS from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Research Interests:

Content areas: Assessment and treatment of older adults (geropsychology); Sociocultural factors related to psychological outcomes in individuals of low socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic minorities; Mental health help-seeking attitudes; Intergroup relations; Mindfulness

Research methodology: Varied

Populations(s): Older adults, adults

Professional Contributions:

Connected with the Institutional Innovation Grant from Augsburg University to collaboratively develop (with our graduate students) a Community Mentor Speaking Series that focuses on increasing connections between Augsburg students and BIPOC professionals in health service fields. The speaker series includes panel-style forums on topics like surviving graduate school, managing imposter syndrome, navigating early career choices, and balancing work and life commitments. These forums feature BIPOC community mentors serving health-service positions and are moderated by Dr. Hughes-Scalise and Dr. Hopkins-Smith. The are other discussion groups run by Dr. Hughes-Scalise and Dr. Hopkins-Smith that allow graduate students to discuss forum topics and increase connections with each other.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA, (2018): Personality traits and spirituality as determinants of religious coping styles.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX,(2017): Personality discrimination and mental health outcomes.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL, (2016): Ethnic identity as a protective factor against negative psychological outcomes in African Americans.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, (2016): Personal and Ideological Factors associated with Intergroup Anxiety toward Muslims.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York City, NY, (2016): Mentor Satisfaction and Science Identity.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of American Psychological Science, New York City, NY, (2015): Creation of an Intergroup Anxiety toward Muslims Scale.

Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA, (2015): The Effect of Intergroup Contact on Secondary Group Attitudes.


Lee, J., Ford, C. G., McCluskey, D. L., Hopkins, P. D., McNeil, D. W., & Shook, N. J. (2021). Testing the effectiveness of Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression – Revised: Changes in depression, anxiety, dysfunctional attitudes, and mindfulness. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Hopkins, P. D., Spears. C. A., Hoover, D. S., Li, L., Cambron, C., Potter, L. N., Cinciripini, P. M., Lam, C. Y., & Wetter, D. W. (2021) Trajectories of motivation and self-efficacy during a smoking quit attempt: An ecological momentary assessment study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Shook, N. J., Fitzgerald, H. N., Boggs, S. T., Ford, C. G., Hopkins, P. D., & Silva, N. M. (2020). Sexism, racism, and nationalism: Factors associated with the 2016 US presidential election results?. Plos one15(3), e0229432.

Cambron, C., Hopkins, P.D., Burningham, C., Lam, C.Y., Cincirpini, P., & Wetter, D.W. (2020). Socioeconomic status, mindfulness, and momentary associations between stress and smoking lapse during a quit attempt. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Hernandez, P. R., Hopkins, P. D., Masters, K., Holland, L., Mei, B. M., Richards-Babb, M., … & Shook, N. J. (2018). Student Integration into STEM Careers and Culture: A Longitudinal Examination of Summer Faculty Mentors and Project Ownership. CBE—Life Sciences Education17(3), ar50.