Faculty Advisor

Dr. Rhiannon Smith, Faculty Advisor

Dr. Smith’s 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.