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|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|PhD||Ecological/Community Psychology||Michigan State University||1990|
|M.A.||Psychology||Michigan State University||1986|
|B. A.||Psychology and African American Studies||Smith College||1982|
My work builds upon a cultural-ecological framework to understand the ways in which family, school, and community factors influence child and youth development. I am particularly interested in family and care-giving approaches that foster youth agency, collective efficacy, and positive identity. I explore the complex interactions of race-ethnicity, social class, and geography. Given increasing demands on families for work-life balance, my most current research uses mixed-methods (observation, surveys, focus groups) to examine the role of community-based afterschool settings in terms of supporting children and families through the prevention of problem behavior and the promotion of positive youth development.
I direct The Family and Community Resilience Lab.
Over the past 25 years I have worked on local and national large-scale projects designed to promote positive parenting, and youth development. I have worked with programs across the country to deliver support and skills to families of children and adolescents. Currently, I am involved in a randomized trial designed to foster quality, support, appropriate structure, engagement, and youth agency in 75 community-based afterschool settings in Pennsylvania and Georgia. We are also testing technological approaches to supporting broad-based implementation of evidence-based practices.
Introduction to Family Studies (graduate), Race, Ethnicity, and Families (undergraduate and graduate), Families and Communities
Afterschool Positive Youth Development Network, Bridge of Hope (support for homeless women and children), Salvation Army, Board Member
|Organization / Department||Title||Years of Service|
|Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University||Associate Professor/Professor||11|
|Prevention Development and Evaluation Bramch, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC||Senior Service Fellow/Acting Branch Chief||4|
|Department of Psychology, The University of South Carolina||Assistant/Associate Professor||10|
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Fellow, Division 27, American Psychological Association|
Witherspoon, Dawn P., Daniels, Lisa D., Mason, Amber, and Smith, Emilie Phillips (In Press, December 2015). Racial-ethnic Identity in Context: Examining Mediation of Neighborhood Factors on Children’s Academic Adjustment. American Journal of Community Psychology.
Smith, Emilie P., Witherspoon, D. P., and Osgood, D. W. (Accepted December 2015). Positive Youth Development among Diverse Racial-Ethnic Children: Quality Afterschool Contexts as Developmental Assets. Submission to the Special Section of Child Development focused on: Positive Youth Development in Diverse and Global Contexts.
Smith, E. P., Peterson, Anne, and Leman, Patrick, Guest Editors (Accepted 2015). Child Development, Special Section on Positive Youth Development in Diverse and Global Contexts.
 The SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee (2009-2011) was comprised of (in alphabetical order) from 2009 to 2012: Natasha Cabrera (Chair), Marjorie Jane Beeghly, Christia Brown, Juan Casas, Natalia Palacios, Jean Phinney, Monica Rodriguez, Stephanie Rowley, Carlos Santos, Emilie Smith, Mia Bynum Smith, and Dawn Witherspoon. James Rodriguez participated in the Committee as the Latino Caucus representative. Emilie Smith is the current Chair.
 The Multisite Violence Prevention Project is a collaborative of over a dozen investigators from 4 universities (Duke University, University of Georgia, University of Illinois-Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention involved in a large-scale randomized family and school based prevention project for adolescents.
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Associate Editor||American Journal of Community Psychology|
|Guest Editor||Child Development, Special Section on Positive Youth Development in Diverse and Global Contexts|
Guerra, Nancy and Smith, Emilie Phillips (2006). Preventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Smith, E. P., Boutte, G. S., Zigler, E., and Finn-Stevenson, Matia. (2004). Opportunities for Schools to Promote Resilience in Children and Youth. In K. I. Maton, C. J. Schellenbach, B. J. Leadbetter and A. L. Solarz (Eds.) Investing in children, youth, families, and communities: Strengths-based research and policy. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.
Smith, E. P., Dumas, J.E., Prinz, R. J. (2006). Prevention Approaches to Improve Child and Adolescent Behavior and Reduce Deviant Peer Influence. In K. Dodge, T. Dishion, and Jennfier Lansford (Eds), Deviant Peer Influences in Programs for Youth: Problems and Solutions. New York: Guilldford Press, pp. 296-311.