Emilie Smith

Emilie   Smith
  • Professor
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ecological / Community Psychology


Doctor of Philosophy, Ecological/Community Psychology, Michigan State University

Master of Arts, Ecological/Community Psychology, Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts with High Honors, Psychology and Afro American Studies


My work seeks to understand the ways in which families, schools, and communities interact to affect development, racial-ethnic identity and socialization among youth of diverse socio-economic and geographic backgrounds. Given the importance of out-of-school time in juvenile crime, and the increasing demands on families for work-life balance, some of my research uses rigorous, randomized trials and multilevel methods to examine the role of evidence-based practices in fostering quality community-based programs that prevent problem behavior and promote parenting and positive youth development.  I am deeply interested in sustainable family and community approaches that reduce disparities and increase equity drawing upon connected technologies and interdisciplinary partnerships.