- Social and Emotional Development of Young Children
- Parent-Child Interactions
- Impact of Parent Personality, Marital Relations, and Family Stress on Parenting Behaviors
- Editorial Board, Infancy
- Advisory Board, DSI
- Area Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Development Graduate Program
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- M.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- B.S. The Pennsylvania State University
Awards and Honors
2011 Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research, Generations United For the intergenerational evaluation research publication: Jarrott, S.E. & Smith, C.L. (2011). The complement of research and theory in practice: Contact theory at work in non‐familial intergenerational programs. The Gerontologist, 51, 112‐121.
2011 Program of Distinction Award to Neighbors Growing Together, Generations United
2008‐2009 Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
Eisenberg, N., Smith, C. L., & Spinrad, T. L. (2011). Effortful control: Relations with emotion regulation, adjustment, and socialization in childhood. In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of self‐regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed., pp. 263‐ 283). New York: Guilford Press.
Smith, C. L., Spinrad, T. L., Eisenberg, N., Grieving, K., Liew, J., & Eggum, N. D. (2007). Anger and anger regulation in infancy. In E. I. Clausen (Ed.), Anger in psychology (pp. 107‐122). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
Jarrott, S. E., & Smith, C. L. (2011). The complement of research and theory in practice: Contact theory at work in non-familial intergenerational programs. The Gerontologist, 51, 112-121.
Smith, C. L. (2010). Multiple determinants of parenting: Predicting individual differences in maternal parenting behavior with toddlers. Parenting: Science and Practice, 10, 1-17.
Smith, C. L., & Bell, M. A. (2010). Stability in infant frontal asymmetry as a predictor of toddlerhood internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 158-167.
Jarrott, S. E., Smith, C. L., & Weintraub, A. P. C. (2008). Development of a standardized tool for intergenerational programming: The Intergenerational Observation Scale. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 6, 433-447.
Ridgwell, D., Geller, E. S., Ivory, J., Jayaram, L., McConnell, K., Smith, C., & Tatar, D. (2011, February). 2011 Summer Scholars Program: The Human Dynamics of Violence Prevention Research Team. Internal funding from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment. May 11 – June 11. Responsibility: Co‐Investigator, one summer month effort. Funded for $18,000.
Smith, C. L. (2010, May). Strategic course buyout to support external grant submissions. Internal funding from the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. August 10 – December 10. Responsibility: PI, 12.5% effort. Funded for $4,000.
Brinberg, D., & Smith, C. L. (2010, January). Parents as agents of behavioral change to reduce adolescent obesity. Internal funding from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (Fralin/ISCE Obesity Initiative). January 10 – May 10. Responsibility: Co‐PI, 5% effort. Funded for $9,800.
Dr. Cynthia Smith runs the Children's Emotions Lab. Click to view the lab website.