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Erica Ahlert-Smith, MD

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Erica Ahlert-Smith, MD


Erica Ahlert-Smith, MD is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing General Psychiatry training at Yale, she went on to complete fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and College Mental Health. She holds a clinical faculty appointment in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and sees patients in her private practice in New Haven, CT.

Clinical interests include issues of identity formation, separation/individuation, development across the life span, creative expression and blocks, adjustment to school and college, depression, anxiety, grief, attention/hyperactivity, impulse control, coping with medical illness, children of divorce, and pre/postnatal issues.

Dr. Ahlert-Smith currently teaches third-year medical students as part of the combined Ambulatory Care Internal Medicine and Psychiatry clerkship. Her class is part of the series entitled "Biopsychosocial Approach to Health."

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University Health Services (2009)
  • Fellow
    Medical University of South Carolina (2008)
  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine (2006)
  • MD
    Medical University of South Carolina (2003)
  • BS
    Northwestern University, School of Speech, Communication Studies; French minor; Musical Theater Certificate Program (1995)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry (2008, recertified: 2018)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student EducationAmerican Psychiatric Association2021
Roger Coleman Memorial Award for Service to PatientsConnecticut Psychiatric Society2013
Rock Sleyster Memorial Scholarship in PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association2003
Student Award for Excellence in NeurologyAmerican Academy of Neurology2003
Dean’s Award Full Tuition Scholarship, College of MedicineMedical University of South Carolina1999, 2000, 2001, 2002