I’m Jasper Smits, Professor of Psychology, and This is How I Work



I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). As a member of the Institute for Mental Health Research, my research focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions for anxiety and related problems. I also direct the Anxiety & Stress Clinic at UT, see patients and am heavily involved in the training of clinicians.

Location: Austin, Texas
Current Gig: Professor of Psychology
One word/phrase that describes your work style: Collaborative
Current computer/mobile device: Macbook Air, Mac Mini, iPhone

What apps/tools/software can you not live without?

Mail, Messages and Word

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Staying on top of emails.

What’s your workspace set up like? (see photo)


How do you keep track of things you need to do (any to-do-list apps)?

So far, I’ve been relying on memory, but realize that may change (soon).

Besides your phone or computer, what gadget can’t you live without, and why?

I can live without it, but have appreciated the activity app on the Apple watch, which motivates me to take an extra step.

What everyday thing can you do better than most people? What’s your secret?

I make it a priority to keep my work a 9-5 job for the most part, allowing for a nice balance and great quality of life.

What do you listen to while you work?

I hardly ever listen to music at work, but realized recently that St. Germain pairs well with writing.

What are you currently reading?

I’m trying to finish Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (100 pages left) and am about 120 pages into The Witches by Roald Dahl (with my daughter Stella).

How do you recharge?

Travel, travel, travel – my family likes to go when we can. Exercise helps the rest of the time.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I like watching a good show or movie at night. This helps me transition from activity to sleep.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Live in the moment and “Nee heb je, ja kun je krijgen.” I’m Dutch, and it’s a saying that means “You have a no; you might get a yes (if you ask or go for it).”

-Jasper Smits

Website: utexas.edu/cola/psychology/faculty/profile.php?id=smitsja1



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