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Smith, Emilie P. Ph.D.


Professor & Lead, Thematic Area on Marginalized Youth

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  • 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.