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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

Fall 2019

PSYC 155 Hum Dev: 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 211 Design of Psychological Resrch
Readings and laboratory exercises introduce students to bibliographic resources in psychology, rules of valid scientific inference, and techniques for conducting psychology experiments. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 210. NOTE: Completion of both 210 and 211 fulfills the WID graduation requirement.