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Gregory C. Smith

Gregory C. Smith | Professor

Office/Department: School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Location: Nixson Hall
Phone: 330-672-9993
Fax: 330-672-2194


      Gregory C. Smith has been Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Director of the Human Development Center at Kent State University since July, 2001.  His prior academic appointments were at the University of Rochester, the State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Maryland, College Park.  He earned a doctorate in Human Development (Specialization in Psychology of Adult Development and Aging) from the University of Rochester, a master's in Psychology from Villanova University, and a bachelor's in Psychology from the State University of New York.  His primary research focus is on caregiving issues within aging families. He has authored over 60 publications and has edited four books, including the 2012 volume of the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics titled "Emerging Perspectives on Resilience in Adulthood and Later Life".  He has received over four million dollars of extramural research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including a current R01 project titled "Comparing Interventions to Improve the Well-Being of  Custodial Grandfamilies" funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.  Dr. Smith has also served as a member of numerous scientific review panels for NIH, the Alzheimer's Association, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  He is scheduled to become the Editor of the International Journal of Aging and Human Development in January 2012, and is currently an Editorial Consultant for the journal Developmental Psychology.  Dr. Smith is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association (Division 20 – Adult Development and Aging) and the Gerontological Society of America.  In 2006, he was named Outstanding Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.