Dr. Emilie Smith, OIBR Fellow, Announced as Inaugural 2018-2019 SRCD Scholars-In-Residence


Dr. Emilie Smith, OIBR Fellow, Announced as Inaugural 2018-2019 SRCD Scholars-In-Residence

We are pleased to announce Dr. Emilie Smith, OIBR Fellow, has been named as one of the first Scholars-in-Residence with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD).

The scholar-in-residence program, which was announced earlier this year, is designed to provide researchers time and space in SRCD’s Washington, D.C. office while on academic leave or sabbatical to complete a project, all the while exploring the Society and local scholarly, policy, or government connections. Scholars-in-residence receive funds to supplement existing sabbatical/leave support during their period of residence. Dr. Smith will join the DC headquarters in January of 2019.

Dr. Smith is the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. She has directed and been involved in research funded for over 50 million dollars evaluating evidence-based practices for supporting families and communities in the prevention of problem behavior and promoting positive youth development.

Building on her research on the benefits of out-of-school time for discovery and inquiry among youth in diverse geographic and racial-ethnic contexts, Dr. Smith’s research while at SRCD will examine implicit mindsets, efficacy experiences, and the socio-cultural effects of afterschool programs on STEM inequality and the development of positive identity for underrepresented students.

Dr. Smith has co-authored a volume entitled, Preventing Youth Violence in a Multicultural Society, and numerous papers on youth and family development, with particular attention to diverse ethnic and social backgrounds. She is Editor of a Special Section of Child Development on Positive Youth Development in Diverse and Global Contexts emanating from her time as Chair of the Ethnic-Racial Issues Committee. She is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Community Psychology and a reviewer for numerous other journals. She is a Fellow of Division 27 of APA and has served on the Executive Board of Social Policy Report and the Governing Council of the Society for Prevention Research.