Elliott Smith
Research Associate

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Current Professional Activities
Elliott Smith is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Statistical Association, the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology, and the Association of Public Data Users.

Current Research Activities
My research is focused on the outcomes and well-being of children who have suffered maltreatment by their caregivers. Using data from multiple sources ranging from national surveys, clinical trials, and large-scale administrative databases, I have been involved in a variety of research projects. Examples include developing estimates of the number of maltreated infants who are developmentally delayed and may be eligible for Part C Services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, comparing the characteristics of maltreated children and adolescents, and developing profiles of children in the U.S. foster care system.


Biographical Statement
My academic expertise has progressed over the course of my professional career from an interest in basic research questions of developmental science to more applied questions relevant to the well-being of children. As a Cornell doctoral student in developmental psychology, I was able to capitalize on the early maturity of infants’ oculomotor system to study the cognitive abilities of young infants. I co-authored papers concerning young infants’ conception of number, anticipatory action for future events, and the stability and development of infant visual reaction time. As a postdoctoral associate, my research focus became more applied. I studied the impact of environmental lead exposure on the development of children’s intelligence and executive function.
In 1999, I joined the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Family Life Development Center, where I currently serve as the Associate Director. 

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1998
M.S. in Experimental Psychology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 1991
A.B. in Psychology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 1988

Administrative Responsibilities
As the Associate Director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, I manage the daily operation of the Archive. I also serve on the Family Life Development Center's Senior Staff committee.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Related Websites

Eckenrode, J., Izzo, C., & Smith, E.G. (2007). Physical abuse and adolescent development. In R. Haskins, F. Wulczyn, & M.B. Webb (Eds.), Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

Rosenberg, S., Smith, E.G., & Levinson, A. (2007). Identifying young maltreated children with developmental delays. In R. Haskins, F. Wulczyn, & M.B. Webb (Eds.), Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

Izzo, C.V., Eckenrode, J.J., Smith, E.G., Henderson, C.R., Cole, R., Kitzman, H., & Olds, D.L. (2005). Reducing the impact of uncontrollable stressful life events through a program of nurse home visitation to new parents. Prevention Science, 6, 269-274.

Palusci, V.J., Smith, E.G., & Paneth, N. (2005). Predicting and responding to physical abuse in young children using NCANDS. Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 667-682.

Eckenrode, J., Zielinski, D., Smith, E., Marcynyszyn, L.A., Henderson, C.R., Jr., Kitzman, H., Cole, R., Powers, J., & Olds, D.L. (2001). Child maltreatment and the early onset of problem behaviors: Can a program of nurse home visitation break the link?, Development and Psychopathology, 13, 873-890.

Eckenrode, J., Ganzel, B., Henderson, C.R., Jr., Smith, E., Olds, D.L., Powers, J., Cole, R., Kitzman, H., Sidora, K. (2000). Preventing child abuse and neglect with a program of nurse home visitation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 284, 1385-1391.

Canfield, R.L., Smith, E.G., Brezsnyak, M.P., & Snow, K.L. (1997). Information processing through the first year of life: A longitudinal study using the visual expectation paradigm. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 62 (2. Serial No. 250).

Canfield, R.L., & Smith, E.G. (1996). Number-based expectations and sequential enumeration by 5-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology, 32, 269-279.

Canfield, R.L., Wilken, J., Schmerl, L., & Smith, E.G. (1995).  Age-related change and stability of individual differences in infant processing speed.  Infant Behavior and Development, 18, 351-358.

Ceci, S.J., Huffman, M.L.C., Smith, E., & Loftus, E.F. (1994).  Repeatedly thinking about a non-event: Source misattributions among preschoolers.  Consciousness and Cognition, 3, 388-407.