Judith Smetana

Professor of Psychology
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1978

439 Meliora Hall
(585) 275-4592

Office Hours: By appointment


Research Overview

Prof. Smetana will be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Professor Smetana's research interests include social-cognitive development, including moral and social reasoning and development; adolescent-parent relationships and development in cultural contexts; parenting and development of parenting beliefs.

My current research focuses on three areas:

(a) adolescent-parent relationships and adolescent development in different cultural contexts. We are currently conducting several studies of disclosure and nondisclosure in adolescent-parent relationships. We are focusing on adolescents' strategies for managing information about their everyday activities and parents' strategies for remaining informed about what their adolescents are doing;

(b) the development of young children's moral and social knowledge, including the development of and conceptual distinctions between children's understanding of moral and social- conventional rules and transgressions, relationships among social knowledge, affect, and behavior, and contextual influences on social and moral judgments; and

(c) parents' parenting beliefs and their relationships to parenting practices and child outcomes.

For more detail, please visit the Social Development and Family Processes Research Group website.

For more information, please visit Dr. Smetana's faculty page in the Developmental Program area.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CSP 278  Adolescent Development
  • CSP 383  Moral Development
  • CSP 563  Adolescent Development
  • CSP 569  Developmental Theory and Research
  • CSP  583  Moral Development

Selected Publications

  • Smetana, J.G., Jambon, M., Conry-Murray, C., & Sturge-Apple, M.L. (2012). Reciprocal Associations Between Young Chindren's Developing Moral Judgments and Theory of Mind, Developmental Psychology, 48, 1144-1155.
  • Smetana, J.G. (2011).  Adolescents, families, and social development:  How adolescents construct their worlds.   West Sussex, England:  Wiley-Blackwell, Inc.
  • Amsel, E., & Smetana, J.G. (Eds.,) (2011). Adolescent vulnerabilities and opportunities:  Constructivist and developmental perspectives.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Assadi, S., Smetana, J.G., Shahmansouri, N., & Mohammadi, M.R. (2011). Beliefs about parental authority, parenting styles, and adolescent-parent conflict among Iranian mothers of middle adolescents. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35, 424-431.
  • Smetana, J.G. (2011). Parenting beliefs, parenting, and parent-adolescent communication in African American families. In N.E. Hill, T. Mann, & H. Fitzgerald (Eds.), African American children's mental health: Development and context. Vol 1 (pp. 173-197). New York: Praeger Press.
  • Rote, W., & Smetana, J.G. (2011). Social cognition. In B.B. Brown & M. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Oxford, England: Elsevier.
  • Smetana, J.G. (2011). Adolescents' social reasoning and relationships with parents: Conflicts and coordinations within and across domains. In E. Amsel & J. Smetana (Eds.), Adolescent vulnerabilities and opportunities: Constructivist and developmental perspectives. (pp. 139-158). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campione-Barr, N., & Smetana, J.G. (2010).  "Who said you could wear my sweater?" Adolescent-sibling conflict and associations with relationship quality.  Child Development, 81, 463-471.
  • Smetana, J.G., Villalobos, M., Rogge, R.D., & Tasopoulos-Chan, M. (2010).  Keeping secrets from parents:  Daily variations among poor, urban adolescents.  Journal of Adolescence, 33, 321-331.
  • Metzger, A., & Smetana, J.G. (2010).  Social cognitive approaches to civic engagement.  In L. Sherrod, J. Torney-Purta, & C. Flanagan (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth.  Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Smetana, J.G. (2010).  The role of trust in adolescent-parent relationships:  To trust you is to tell you.  In K. Rotenberg (Ed.), Trust and trustworthiness during childhood and adolescence (pp. 223-246).  Cambridge, England:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Metzger, A., & Smetana, J.G. (2009).  Civic and political engagement in late adolescence:  Domain-specific judgments and behaviors.  Child Development, 80, 433-441.
  • Smetana, J.G., Tasopoulos-Chan, M., Villalobos, M., Gettman, D.C., & Campione-Barr, N. (2009).  Adolescents' and parents' evaluations of helping vs. fulfilling personal desires.  Child Development, 80, 280-294.
  • Yau, J., Smetana, J.G., & Metzger, A. (2009).  Young Chinese children's authority concepts.  Social Development, 18, 210-229.
  • Yau, J.Y., Tasopoulos-Chan, M., & Smetana, J.G. (2009).  Disclosure to parents about everyday activities among American adolescents from Mexican, Chinese, and European backgrounds.  Child Development, 80, 1481-1498.
  • Tasopoulos-Chan, M., Smetana, J.G., & Yau, J.Y. (2009).  How much do I tell thee?  Strategic management of information with parents among American adolescents from Mexican, Chinese, and European backgrounds.  Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 364-374.
  • Smetana, J.G., Villalobos, M., Tasopoulos-Chan, M., Gettman, D.C., & Campione-Barr, N. (2009).  Early and middle adolescents' disclosure to parents about their activities in different domains.  Journal of Adolescence, 32, 693-713.
  • Smetana, J.G., & Villalobos, M. (2009).  Social-cognitive development during adolescence. In R. L. Lerner & L. Steinberg (Eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Psychology, 3rd Ed., Vol. 1 (pp. 187-208).  New York:  Wiley.