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Cynthia Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Human Development



Mailing Address   307 Wallace Hall (0416)
   Blacksburg, VA 24061

               Phone    540-231-4793

                   Fax    540-231-7012

     Office Hours    By appointment


Curriculum Vitae

Cindy Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Primary Academic Interests

  • Young children’s social and emotional development
  • Parent-child interactions
  • Factors associated with parenting behaviors (e.g., parent personality, marital relations, and family stress)

Recent Publications

Eisenberg, N., Smith, C.L., & Spinrad, T.L. (2011). Effortful control: Relations with emotion regulation, adjustments, and socialization in childhood. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory, and applications (2nd ed., pp. 263-283). New York: Guilford Press.

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.

Popp, T. K., Spinrad, T. L., & Smith, C. L. (2008).  The relation of cumulative demographic risk to mothers’ responsivity and control: Examining the role of toddler temperament.  Infancy, 13, 496-518.

Smith, C. L., Spinrad, T. L., Eisenberg, N., Payne, T., K., Gaertner, B. M., & Maxon, E. (2007). Maternal personality: Longitudinal relations to parenting behavior and maternal emotional expressions toward toddlers. Parenting: Science and Practice, 7, 305-329.

Spinrad, T. L., Eisenberg, N., Gaertner, B., Popp, T., Smith, C.L., Kupfer, A., Greving, K., Liew , J., & Hofer, C.  (2007).  Relations of maternal socialization and toddlers’ effortful control to the children’s adjustment and social competence.  Developmental Psychology, 43, 1170-1186.

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, Inc.

Smith, C. L., Calkins, S. D., & Keane, S. P.  (2006). The relation of maternal behavior and attachment security to toddler’s emotionality and emotion regulation.  Research in Human Development, 3, 21-31.

Smith, C. L., Eisenberg, N., & Spinrad, T. L., Chassin, L., Morris, A. S., Kupfer, A., Liew, J., Cumberland, A., Valiente, C., & Kwok, O.  (2006).  Children’s coping strategies and coping efficacy: Relations to parent socialization, child adjustment, and familial alcoholism.  Development and Psychopathology, 18, 445-469.


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