I write about the fascinating, bizarre, and exciting science that comes fresh out of the lab every day.
As a freelance science writer, I focus on stories relating to health and science—the weirder the better—with a special interest in the brain. My work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Fast Company, Scientific American: Mind, Discover, and Pacific Standard. I also help universities and research organizations tell their stories of scientific discovery, the realities of lab life, and the personalities who make the magic happen.
Previously, I worked as the communications and media relations specialist at the Gladstone Institutes, translating and promoting basic life science research to the public. I wrote about advances made towards finding cures for major unsolved diseases of the brain, the heart, and the immune system, and I placed these discoveries in major media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Forbes, NPR, ABC News, and Fox News.
Before transitioning to a career in science communication, I was a research scientist and completed a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. There, I studied impulse control disorders, such as drug addiction and binge eating disorder, using cognitive testing and functional neuroimaging.
The Business of Fasting - Fast Company
Hallucinogens, Starvation, and Magnets: A New Cure for Depression? - Pacific Standard
Starting Up - Science Careers
Blind Sight: The Next Generation of Sensory Substitution Technology - Discover Magazine
This is What Candy Crush Does to Your Brain - The Guardian
Humans Can Smell 1 Trillion Scents - The Atlantic
How a Pregnant Mother's Diet Could Change a Child's Brain - The Atlantic
Cannabis and Memory Loss: Dude, Where's My CBD? - The Guardian
3 Health Hacks to Help You Survive Winter - Refinery29
Anxiety About Certain Things Can Be Hereditary - The Atlantic
Drug Use, Decision-Making and the Blunders of Rob Ford - The Guardian
Can Synesthesia in Autism Lead to Savantism? - Scientific American: Mind
Are Oreos Really as Addictive as Cocaine? - The Guardian
Beating the Odds of Addiction - The Psychologist
Why Spend a Billion Dollars to Map the Human Brain? - The Atlantic
Pathologising the Norm: The Spread of Mental Illness - King's Review
DG Smith, KD Ersche - CNS Spectrums, 2014
KD Ersche, CC Hagan, DG Smith, S Abbott, PS Jones, AM Apergis-Schoute, R Döffinger - Biological Psychiatry, 2014
DG Smith, PS Jones, GB Williams, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins, KD Ersche - Addiction Biology, 2014
DG Smith, PS Jones, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins, KD Ersche - Biological Psychiatry, 2014
DG Smith, PS Jones, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins, KD Ersche - Translational Psychiatry, 2013
DG Smith and TW Robbins - Biological Psychiatry, 2013
KD Ersche, PS Jones, GB Williams, DG Smith, ET Bullmore, TW Robbins - Biological Psychiatry, 2013
TW Robbins, CM Gillan, DG Smith, S de Wit, KD Ersche - Trends in Cognitive Science, 2012
DG Smith, L Xiao, A Bechara - Developmental Psychology, 2012