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Emily Tanner-Smith

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Office Location: 
341B HEDCO Education Building
Associate Professor
PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2009
MA, Vanderbilt University, 2007
BS, Belmont University, 2003
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Dr. Tanner-Smith's research and teaching interests are focused on adolescent behavior and development, substance use and addiction, and applied research methods. She is an expert in systematic reviewing and meta-analysis methods, and currently serves as a features editor for Research Synthesis Methods and a statistical editor for Systematic Reviews. Her current research examines the effectiveness of brief interventions targeting alcohol and substance use, with particular emphasis on understanding variability in effectiveness across diverse contexts, settings, and client populations. Her current work also focuses on identifying best practices for drug treatment courts for juvenile-justice involved youth with substance use disorders.


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Recent Representative Publications:

Clark, D. B., Tanner-Smith, E., Hostetler, A., Fradkin, A., & Polikov, V. (2017). Substantial integration of typical educational games into extended curricula. Journal of the Learning Sciences, in press.

Finch, A. J., Tanner-Smith, E., Hennessy, E., & Moberg, D. P. (2017). Recovery high schools: effect of schools supporting recovery from substance use disorders. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1-10.

López‐López, J. A., Van den Noortgate, W., Tanner‐Smith, E. E., Wilson, S. J., & Lipsey, M. W. (2017). Assessing meta‐regression methods for examining moderator relationships with dependent effect sizes: A Monte Carlo simulation. Research Synthesis Methods, in press.

Tanner-Smith, E. E., Fisher, B. W., Addington, L. A., & Gardella, J. H. (2017). Adding security, but subtracting safety? Exploring schools’ use of multiple visible security measures. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 1-18.

Tanner-Smith, E. E., & Lipsey, M. W. (2015). Brief alcohol interventions for adolescents and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 51, 1-18.

Tanner-Smith, E. E., Lipsey, M. W., & Wilson, D. B. (2016). Juvenile drug court effects on recidivism and drug use: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 12(4), 477-513.

Tanner-Smith, E. E., & Risser, M. D. (2016). A meta-analysis of brief alcohol interventions for adolescents and young adults: variability in effects across alcohol measures. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42(2), 140-151.

Tanner‐Smith, E. E., & Tipton, E. (2014). Robust variance estimation with dependent effect sizes: Practical considerations including a software tutorial in Stata and SPSS. Research Synthesis Methods, 5(1), 13-30.

Tanner-Smith, E. E., Tipton, E., & Polanin, J. R. (2016). Handling complex meta-analytic data structures using robust variance estimates: A tutorial in R. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 2(1), 85-112.