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Edward Smith

Past PRC Director; Research Professor (Retired)

Biography & Projects

Ed helped to develop the curriculum for HealthWise, a comprehensive risk-reduction, life-skills curriculum for adolescents in South Africa.  He collaborated with Donna Coffman on evaluating the effectiveness of this intervention and with Linda Collins on designing an ongoing implementation trial of this intervention. In addition, he was the director of the Prevention Research Center, and a co-investigator on the T32 grant, the Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) Program, with Mark Greenberg and Linda Collins.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

With a little help from my friends? A longitudinal look at the role of peers versus friends on adolescent alcohol use

Weybright, E. H., Beckmeyer, J. J., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., & Smith, E. A. (2019). With a little help from my friends? A longitudinal look at the role of peers versus friends on adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Adolescence, 73, 14-17. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.03.007. Epub 2019 Mar 30. PMID: 30939342

Longitudinal patters of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors

Tibbits, M., Caldwell, L. L., Smith, E., Vergnani, T., & Wegner, L. (2016). Longitudinal patterns of active leisure among South African youth: Gender differences and associations with health risk behaviors. World Leisure, 58, 60-68.

Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach

Weybright, E., Caldwell, L. L., Ram, N., Smith, E. A., & Wegner, L. (2016). Trajectories of adolescent substance use development and the influence of healthy leisure: A growth mixture modeling approach. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 158-169.