His teaching is in the area of child development and encompasses courses in both typical child development and developmental psychopathology. Prof. Smiths research has looked at infant, early childhood, and late adolescent development, focusing both on mechanisms that affect social interaction between peers and on the impact that parenting styles and parental availability have on development. His most current research has focused on transitions in late adolescence, including the transition to college, attempting to identify factors that affect adjustment to novel environments.
PSYC 202 Analysis of Psychological Data
Completion of both PSYC 201 and PSYC 202 fulfills the WID Requirement.
PSYC 455 Seminar in Dev Psychopathology
Applying a developmental perspective in which clinical disorders are viewed as either quantitative deviations from normal development or qualitatively distinct disorders this course will study the history, methods, procedures, empirical facts, and theories that influence the conceptualization of and treatment of clinical disorders in children. Prerequisites: 201 and 202.