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Faculty Profile

Naila Smith

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016)

Contact Information

Kaufman Hall Room 174


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.


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

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.