Smith, Leann individual record
Assistant Professor

I currently serve as an assistant professor of school psychology in the department of educational psychology. My mission is to promote the resiliency of marginalized populations by understanding the context-specific challenges and cultural assets of racially diverse students that are amenable to intervention in order to improve educational and health equity. Currently, my work focuses on the utility of parental and peer ethnic-racial socialization in Black youth development, and race-related stressors within the context of peer support mechanisms that impact STEM attrition at the college level.

In addition to my program of research and teaching, I am the chair of the recruitment and retention subcommittee within the division of school psychology and serve as a faculty advisor for the XL Academy- a sophomore year experience for Black undergraduate students on campus.

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  • Blake, J. J., Smith, L. V., & Knight, A. D. (2016). Theoretical frameworks of ethnic minority youth achievement.. Psychoeducational assessment and intervention for ethnic minority children: Evidence-based approaches.. (pp. 23-39). American Psychological Association.
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