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Delores E. Smith

Associate Professor


Her research is focused on psychosocial development across the lifespan with particular emphasis on the childhood and adolescence periods. She is particularly interested in understanding the effects of fundamental cultural processes  on children’s socioemotional adjustment and functioning. She also studies family violence and peer victimization and within the cultural context.


  • Psychosocial development in childhood and adolescence
  • Cultural processes and child and adolescent socioemotional outcomes
  • Cultural context of family violence
  • Culture and peer victimization


  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Family Relations and Child Development
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University, Family Relations and Child Development
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University, Family Services

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Recent Publications

Smith, D. E. (2016). Prevalence of intimate partner violence in Jamaica: Implications for prevention and intervention.  International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 7(3-4), 343-363. doi:  

Morrison, S. S., Smith, D. E., Bryan, J. A., & Steele, J. M. (2016). An exploratory study of the child disciplinary practices of Jamaican immigrant parents in the United States: Implications for school counselors. Journal of School Counseling, 14(5). Available at

Smith, D. E. (2016).  Corporal punishment of children in the Jamaican context.  International Journal of Child,Youth and Family Studies, 7(1), 27-44. doi:

Smith, D. E., Smith, M. O., Robbins, K. R., Eash, N. S., & Walker, F. R. (2013). Enhancing study abroad opportunities for under-represented students in the food and agricultural sciences.  North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, 57(3),15-20.

Smith, D. E., & Moore, T. M. (2013). Family violence and aggression and their associations with psychosocial functioning in Jamaican adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 34 (6), 745-767. doi: 10.1177/0192513X12450841

Smith, D. E., & Moore, T. M. (2013). Ρarenting style and psychosocial outcomes in a sample of Jamaican adolescents. International Journal of Youth and Adolescents, 18(3), 176-190. doi.10.1080/02673843.2012.682593


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