Faculty Profile

Naila Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016)

Contact Information

smithnai@dickinson.edu

Kaufman Hall Room 174
717.254.8721

Bio

Professor Smith’s research is in the area of developmental psychology. She studies how social and contextual factors (e.g., parent and peer relationships, classroom climate) influence academic and socio-emotional development from childhood through emerging adulthood. She focuses primarily on these developmental processes in immigrant and racial-ethnic minority populations.

Education

  • B.S., University of the West Indies, Mona, St. Andrew, Jamaica, 2005
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2010
  • Ph.D., Fordham University, 2016

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

PSYC 160 Human Development
This course provides an introduction to the principles, theories, and research methods of lifespan developmental psychology from emerging adulthood (ages 18 – 25) through the end of life. The course focuses on how individuals develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally at each stage of adult life — emerging, early, middle, and late adulthood. While we will take a chronological approach to studying human development, we will also focus on integrating and reinforcing connections within and across ages and areas of development. By the end of the course, you will have gained exposure to the psychological study of human development and the ways in which gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic factors influence development. The course will also expose you to the role of context (e.g., marriage, work, leisure, neighborhoods) in supporting or undermining adult development and aging. Finally, we will explore the various ways knowledge gained from studying developmental processes in adulthood have been used to improve lives and inform solutions to social problems facing adults.

PSYC 355 Research Methods in Dev Psych
An advanced presentation of the research methods and statistical techniques used by developmental psychologists including cross-sectional, longitudinal, and sequential designs. Students conduct laboratory and field-based research and develop original research proposals in the area of human development. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 155 or 160, 201 & 202 or 210 & 211.

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

Spring 2018

PSYC 155 Dev Psyc: Concept thru Adolesc
This course will provide an introduction to the principles, theories, and research methods of lifespan developmental psychology from prenatal development and birth through adolescence (0 - 18 years old). It will focus on how individuals develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally at each stage of the early part of the lifespan — infancy, childhood, adolescence – and the role of context (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, culture, family, peers, schools, neighborhoods) in shaping development. Finally, we will explore how developmental psychology can contribute toward improving lives and inform solutions to social problems.

PSYC 155 Dev Psyc: Concept thru Adolesc
This course will provide an introduction to the principles, theories, and research methods of lifespan developmental psychology from prenatal development and birth through adolescence (0 - 18 years old). It will focus on how individuals develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally at each stage of the early part of the lifespan — infancy, childhood, adolescence – and the role of context (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, culture, family, peers, schools, neighborhoods) in shaping development. Finally, we will explore how developmental psychology can contribute toward improving lives and inform solutions to social problems.