|Degree:||Ph.D., 2011, University of Missouri|
|Research Interests:||Friendships and social-emotional adjustment in childhood and adolescence|
|Research Synopsis:||Dr. Smith studies friendships and other peer relationships in childhood and adolescence. She is interested in the role that these relationships play in youths’ social and emotional adjustment, including depression and anxiety. Dr. Smith’s research investigates the development of social cognition and empathy in friendships. She also is interested in diversity in peer relations, including cross-ethnic friendships the peer group experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth.|
|Dr. Smith is on sabbatical until Spring 2019
Accepting graduate students for Fall 2019
|Recent publications:||Schwartz-Mette, R. A. & Smith, R. L. (2016). When does co-rumination facilitate depression contagion in adolescent friendships? Investigating intrapersonal and interpersonal factors. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Published online ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1197837.
Flannery, K. M. & Smith, R. L. (2016). The effects of age, gender, and gender role ideology on adolescents’ social perspective-taking ability and tendency in friendships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Published online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/0265407516650942.
Rose, A. J., Smith, R. L., Glick, G. C., & Schwartz-Mette, R. A. (2016). Girls’ and boys’ problem talk: Implications for emotional closeness in friendships. Developmental Psychology, 52, 629-639. doi:10.1037/dev0000096.
Smith, R. L. (2015). Adolescents’ emotional engagement in friends’ problems and joys: Associations of empathetic distress and empathetic joy with friendship quality, depression, and anxiety. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 103-111. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.08.020.
|Representative Publications:||Smith, R. L., & Rose, A. J. (2011). The “cost of caring” in youths’ friendships: Examining associations among social perspective taking, co-rumination, and empathetic distress. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1792-1803.
Smith, R. L., Rose, A. J., & Schwartz-Mette, R. A. (2010). Relational and overt aggression in childhood and adolescence: Clarifying mean-level gender differences and associations with peer acceptance. Social Development, 19, 243-269.
Rose, A. J., & Smith, R. L. (2009). Sex differences in peer relationships. In K. H. Rubin, W. M. Bukowski, & B. Laursen (Eds.), Handbook of peer interactions, relationships, and groups (pp. 379-393). New York: Guilford Press.