Faculty

Edward A. Smith


Dr.P.H., University of North Carolina, 1983

Director, Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development

Program Director, Prevention And Methodology Training Program

Program Areas: Training (Leader); Translation, Dissemination & Implementation

Contact Information

302 Biobehavioral Health Building

Email

Phone: 814-865-1201
Fax: 814-865-2530

Online Videos, Articles, and Podcasts

Podcast on HealthWise South Africa,

Penn State Methodology Center, Aug. 8, 2011

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Web Sites


Prevention And Methodology Training (PAMT) Program

Department Web Page

Research Interests

Adolescents, health education, leisure time, pregnancy, prevention, program development/evaluation, substance abuse, HIV/STD prevention

Examples of Current Prevention Projects

HealthWise II/HealthWise Dissemination: Translation to Multiple Schools

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Start Date: 2010

In the second phase of the HealthWise project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Penn State and its partners in South Africa will continue their work to: (1) advance Type 2 translational science and theory building by (2) targeting risk and protective factors for substance abuse and sexual risk (e.g., HIV/AIDS) among 8th- and 9th-grade South African youth.

Supporting Early Adolescent Learning and Social Success: Project SEALS

U.S. Department of Education/IES

Start Date: 2011

Recent Publications

Caldwell, L. L., Baldwin, C. K., Walls, T., & Smith, E. A. (2004). Preliminary effects of a leisure education program to promote healthy use of free time among middle school adolescents. Journal of Leisure Research, 36, 310–335. [online]

Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., Vergnani, T., Mpofu, E., Flisher, A., & Matthews, C. (2004). HealthWise South Africa: Developing a Life Skills curriculum for young adults. World Leisure Journal, 3, 4–14.

Smith, E. A., Swisher, J. D., Vicary, J. R., Bechtel, L. J., Minner, D., Henry, K. L., & Palmer, R. (2004). Evaluation of Life Skills training and Infused-Life Skills training in a rural setting. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 48(1), 51–70. [online]

Swisher, J. D., Smith, E. A., Vicary, J. R., Bechtel, L. J., & Hopkins, A. M. (2004). A cost-effectiveness comparison of two approaches to Life Skills training. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 48(1), 71–80. [online]

Bechtel, L. J., Vicary, J. R., Swisher, J. D., Smith, E. A., Hopkins, A. M., Henry, K. L., et al. (2006). An interdisciplinary approach for the integration and diffusion of substance abuse prevention programs. Journal of School Health, 37(4), 219–225.

Henry, K. L., Smith, E. A., & Caldwell, L. L. (2006). Deterioration of academic achievement and marijuana use onset among rural adolescents. Health Education Research, 22(3), 372–384. PMID: 1698870; doi: 10.1093/her/cyl083. [PDF]

Mpofu, E., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Flisher, A. J., Mathews, C., Wegner, L., & Vergnani, T. (2006). Rasch modeling of the structure of health risk behavior in South African adolescents. Journal of Applied Measurement, 7(3), 323–334.

Vicary, J. R., Smith, E. A., Swisher, J. D., Bechtel, L. J., Elek, E., Henry, K. L., & Hopkins, A. (2006). Results of a three-year study of two methods of delivery of life skills training. Health Education and Behavior, 33(3), 325–339. PMID: 16699123 [PDF]

Palen, L. A., Smith, E. A., Flisher, A., Caldwell, L. L., & Mpofu, E. (2006). Substance use and sexual risk behavior among South African eighth-grade students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39(5), 761–763. PMID: 17046518

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Smith, E. A., & Caldwell, L. L. (2007). Adapting evidence-based programs to new contexts: What needs to be changed? Journal of Rural Health, 23(S1), 37–41. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-0361.2007.00122. [PDF]

Wegner, L., Flisher, A. J., Caldwell, L. L., Vergnani, T., & Smith, E. A. (2007). HealthWise South Africa: Cultural adaptation of a school-based risk prevention program. Health Education Research Journal; doi:10.1093/her/cym064. [PDF]

Caldwell, L. L., Younker, A., Wegner, L., Patrick, M., Vergnani, T., Smith, E. A., & Flisher, A. J. (2008). Understanding leisure related program effects by using process data in the HealthWise South Africa project. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 26(2), 146–162. PMID: 20640186 [PDF]

Palen, L., Graham, J. G., Smith, E. A., Caldwell, L. L., Mathews, C., & Flisher, A. J. (2008). Rates of missing responses in PDA versus paper assessments. Evaluation Review, 32(3), 257–272. PMID: 18456877 [PDF]

Smith, E. A., Palen, L., Caldwell, L. L., Graham, J., Flisher, A., Wegner, L., Mathews, C., & Vergnani, T. (2008). Substance use and sexual risk prevention in Cape Town, South Africa: An evaluation of the HealthWise program. Prevention Science, 9(4), 311–321. PMID: 18836890 [PDF]

Palen, L., Smith, E. A., Caldwell, L. L., Flisher, A. J., Wegner, L., & Vergnani, T. (2009). Inconsistent reports of sexual intercourse among South African high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42(3), 221–227. PMID: 18295129 [PDF]

Patrick, M. E., Collins, L. M., Smith, E. A., Caldwell, L. L., Flisher, A. J., & Wegner, L. (2009). A prospective longitudinal model of substance use onset among South African adolescents. Substance Use and Misuse, 44(5), 647–662. PMCID: PMC2796627; doi: 10.1080/10826080902810244. [PDF]

Palen, L. A., Smith, E. A., Caldwell, L. L., Mathews, C., & Vergnani, T. (2009). Transitions to substance use and sexual intercourse among South African high school students. Substance Use and Misuse, 44(13), 1872–1887. PMID: 20001285 [PDF]

Patrick, M. E., Palen, L. A., Caldwell, L. L., Gleeson, S., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2010). A qualitative assessment of South African adolescents' motivations for and against substance use and sexual behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 456–481.

Palen, L. A., Patrick, M. E., Gleeson, S., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E. A., Wegner, L., & Flisher, A. J. (2010). Leisure constraints for youth in Cape Town, South Africa: A qualitative study. Leisure Sciences, 32(5), 434–452.

Caldwell, L. L., Patrick, M. E., Smith, E. A., Palen, L. A., & Wegner, L. (2010). Influencing adolescent leisure motivation: Intervention effects of HealthWise South Africa. Journal of Leisure Research, 42, 203–220.

Coffman, D. L., Smith, E. A., Flisher, A., & Caldwell, L. L. (2011). Effects of HealthWise South Africa on condom use self-efficacy. Prevention Science, 12(1). PMID: 21271356 [PDF]

Coffman, D. L., Caldwell, L. L., & Smith, E. A. (2012). Introducing the at-risk causal average effect with application to HealthWise South Africa. Prevention Science, 13(4), 437–447.

Tibbits, M. K., Smith, E. A., & Caldwell, L. L. (in press). Impact of HealthWise South Africa on polydrug use and high-risk sexual behavior. Health Education Research.

Airhihenbuwa, C. O., Shisana, O., Zungu, N., BeLue, R., Makofani, M. D., Shefe, T., Smith, E. A., & Simbayi, L. (in press). Research capacity-building: A US-South African partnership. Global Health Promotion.

 

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