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(615) 567-3472
218B Peabody Administration Building

Research Area

  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Education

    Ph.D. (Stanford University, 1986)

    Curriculum Vitae

    Current Courses

    Psy-PC 1207 Minds, Brains, Contexts, and Cultures

    Psy-PC 2300  The Social and Emotional Context of Cognition


    Will not be accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017


    American Psychological Society

    Society for Experimental Social Psychology

    Society for Personality and Social Psychology

    International Society for Research on Emotion

    Craig A. Smith

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development
    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Peabody College
    Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Education
    Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

    Professor Smith's research centers on the relationships among cognition, emotion, and adaptation, broadly defined. Topics investigated include the role of cognitive appraisal in the differentiation of emotion, the psychophysiology of appraisal and emotion, the cognitive processes underlying appraisal, and the role of emotion and coping in long-term adaptation in stress. Current laboratory efforts focus on the differentiation of positive emotional experience and the motivational functions served by different emotions, whereas more applied collaborative efforts are examining the roles of emotion and coping in long-term adaptation to chronic health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and children's recurrent abdominal pain.