Emilie Phillips Smith named Interim Director of the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts

June 28, 2006

(University Park, Pa) Emilie Phillips Smith, associate professor of human development and family studies, has been named interim director of the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts effective July 1, 2006.

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In her role as interim director, Dr. Smith will provide leadership regarding research development and overall oversight of the functioning of Center activities. “Dr. Smith's background, experience and leadership are significant assets to the College,” said Fred Vondracek, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Development. “We are enormously fortunate that an individual with her expertise would be willing to take on this responsibility. I am very appreciative of her willingness to serve in this time of need.”

Dr. Smith's work is in the area of preventing youth violence and aggression and promoting positive child and family development. She is particularly interested in approaches that develop partnerships across the home, school, and community contexts. Dr. Smith has been involved in a number of local and national initiatives across multiple sites to reduce violence and aggression using universal school-based and targeted family intervention.

The Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts is engaged in the training, promotion, and conduct of novel interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the area of human development and families in diverse populations. The Center brings together researchers in departments, centers, colleges, universities, and institutions around the nation who are committed to interdisciplinary research and training on diverse populations.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.