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(615) 567-3472
218B Peabody Administration Building

Research Area

  • Clinical Science
  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Education

    Ph.D. (Stanford University, 1986)

    Curriculum Vitae


    May be interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017

    Craig Smith

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development
    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Peabody College
    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 psychophysiological differentiation of emotional experience and the cognitive processes underlying emotion elicitation, 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.