Andrew Smiler, Ph.D.

America's leading expert on the masculine self


Andrew Smiler, PhD, is a licensed therapist and an expert on boys, men, and masculinity. Dr. Smiler holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. He is the author of the award winning "Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy,"  as well as “Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of the promiscuous young male” and co-author of “The Masculine Self,” with renowned researcher Chris Kilmartin. Dr. Smiler is the Board President of Male Survivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization and the Editor-in-Chief of Online Publications for the Society for Research on Adolescence. He has been featured in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune, and has written for the the Good Men Project, Huffington Post, Shriver Report, and Everyday Feminism. 

As a therapist, Dr. Smiler helps teenage boys and adult men understand themselves and find better ways to communicate with the important people in their life. In addition to issues such as depression, anxiety, and family conflict, he also works with clients around issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and other issues related to sexuality. He conducts both individual therapy and family therapy.

Dr. Smiler is a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), received their 2007 researcher of the year award, and served as their chair of Communications and Media committee (2014-2016). He joined the Board of Directors of Male Survivor in 2015 and became Board President in 2017. Dr. Smiler's 2004 article “Thirty years after the discovery of gender: Psychological concepts and measures of masculinity” is among the 20 most referenced articles in the academic journal Sex Roles.  

Dr. Smiler received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Towson University, and BS degrees in Psychology and Mathematics from Virginia Tech.

Professional Organizations

Male Survivor

  • Board President (2017-)
  • Member, Board of Directors (2015-)

The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity  

  • President (2011), Director of Communication and Media (2015-present)
  • Researcher of the Year (2007)

The American Men’s Studies Association

The Society for Research on Adolescence

  • Editor in Chief, Online Publications (2017-present)

The American Psychological Association