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Leann Smith
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Office#: 721 Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-4324
Primary Emphasis Area: School Psychology
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Short Bio
My research answers the question of how racially minoritized youth's developmental outcomes are impacted by supports or challenges present within cultural and social contexts. Specifically I'm interested in the ways in which schools, parents and peers are responsive to the cultural and developmental needs of youth of Color, and in turn, how that leads to resilience. The current projects we are focusing on in the CASCADe lab involve: (1) academic socialization processes between Black adolescents and their parents and peers, (2) racial socialization processes across the lifespan, (3) STEM attrition for Black and Latinx students, (4) race, anti-racism and the training and practice of school psychology.

CASCADe= Cultural Assets and Social Contexts of Adolescent Development

*I am currently accepting doctoral students for the 2020-21 academic year.
**I also welcome undergraduate lab participation in current projects
Research Interests
Race & Culture
Academic Motivation, Engagement & Achievement
Youth of Color
School Climate
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Bentley-Edwards, K. L., Smith, L. V., Robbins, P. A. & Adams-Bass, V. N. (2019). Out of the Hood, but Not Out of the Woods: The School Engagement and Cohesion of Black Students Based on Exposure to Violence and Victimization. The Urban Review (IF: 2.081), 1-19.

2. Wang, M.T., Smith, L.V., Miller-Cotto, D. & Huguley, J. (2019) Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization Practices and Children of Color[48]19s Academic Outcomes: A Meta-Analytic Review. Child Development (IF=5.024),

3. Wang, M.T., Henry, D., Smith, L.V., Huguley, J. & Guo, J. (2019) Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization Practices and Children of Color[48]19s Psychosocial and Behavioral Adjustment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Psychologist (IF: 3.60),

4. Trundt, K., Keith, T., Caemmerer, J., Smith, L. V. (2018). Testing for construct bias in the Differential Ability Scales, Second Edition (DAS-II): A comparison among African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Caucasian children. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 36(7), 670-683. doi: 10.1177/0734282917698303

5. Sanchez, D., Smith, L.V., & Adams, W. (2018). The relationships among perceived discrimination, marianismo gender role attitudes, racial-ethnic socialization, coping styles, and mental health outcomes in Latina college students. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1037/lat0000077

6. Robbins, P.A., Smith, L.V., & Bentley-Edwards, K.L. (2017). Black Boys & Their Racial Identity: Learning how they fit into society and in your classroom. In E. Moore Jr., A. Michael, & M.W. Penick-Parks (Eds.), The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys (pp. 169-177). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

7. Cokley, K., Smith, L.V., Jackson, S., Stone, S., Saucer, C., Awosogba, O., Hurst, A., Roberts, D., Bailey, M. (2017) Imposter feelings as a moderator and mediator of the relationship between perceived discrimination and mental health among ethnic minority college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(2), 141-154. doi: 10.1037/cou0000198

8. Smith, L.V., & Cokley, K. (2017). Stereotype threat vulnerability: A psychometric investigation of the Social Identities and Attitudes Scale (SIAS). Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 49(2), 145-162. doi: 10.1177/0748175615625752

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
2020 - 2021
SPSY 628, SPSY 683, SPSY 691
2019 - 2020
EPSY 291, EPSY 491, SPSY 610, SPSY 628
2018 - 2019
SPSY 628
Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee Chair
This subcommittee focuses on recruiting and retaining students within the Division of School Psychology.
XL Academy (faculty coordinator)
The XL Academy is a semester-long sophomore experience for current TAMU undergraduate students. The program focuses on Black identity development, critical consciousness and leadership. Additional information on the program can be found at
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