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Emily Tanner-Smith

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130K HEDCO Education Building
Associate Dean for Research
PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2009
MA, Vanderbilt University, 2007
BS, Belmont University, 2003
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Dr. Tanner-Smith is an applied research methodologist with expertise in meta-analysis and research synthesis methods. Her scholarship focuses on the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs for substance use, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, and other mental health issues. She received the 2018 Nan Tobler Award from the Society for Prevention Research in honor of her research synthesis contributions to the field of prevention science. Dr. Tanner-Smith serves as a features editor for Research Synthesis Methods and previously served as a methods editor for Campbell Systematic Reviews. Her research is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.


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Recent Representative Publications:

Tanner-Smith, E. E., Durlak, J. A., & Marx, R. M. (2018). Empirically based effect size distributions for universal prevention programs targeting school age youth: A review of meta-analyses. Prevention Science, 19, 1091-1101.

Clark, D. B., Tanner-Smith, E., Hostetler, A., Fradkin, A., & Polikov, V. (2018). Substantial integration of typical educational games into extended curricula. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 27, 265-318.

Finch, A. J., Tanner-Smith, E., Hennessy, E., & Moberg, D. P. (2018). Recovery high schools: effect of schools supporting recovery from substance use disorders. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 44, 175-184.

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, 8, 435-450.

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, 43, 102-119.

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.