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Anna Smith

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2019-2020
Faculty Mentor(s): Jody Todd Manly, Melissa Sturge-Apple

455 Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100

Research Overview

I am broadly interested in using multi-level methods to evaluate how risk and protective factors interact to affect resilience in youth exposed to adversities, such as maltreatment, socioeconomic disadvantage, and community/family violence. Through this research, I hope to identify malleable systems that can be targeted by intervention or prevention efforts to promote successful outcomes for youth in high-risk environments.

Selected Publications

  • Smith, A., Wargo Aikins, J., & Aikins, D. (2018, March). Understanding Friendship Characteristics in Military-Connected Children and Their Contribution to Socio-Emotional Adjustment. Poster submitted to the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Smith, A., McGinnis, E., Bourdo, H., Morelen, D., Muzik, M., Rosenblum, & Fitzgerald, K. (2016, April). Maternal Representations and Observed Child Affect in Mothers with Depressive and/or PTSD Symptomology. Poster presented at Albert J. Silverman Annual Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2019


  • 2017: James Angell Scholar, University of Michigan
  • 2013-2017: University of Michigan Honors Program

Additional Information

2017-2019: Project Manager at Wayne State University, Project CAPS (children's Adjustment to Parental Separation/Deployment)

2013-2017: University of Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience