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Ronald Smith, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Degree From: Southern Illinois University

Interests: Personality, stress & coping; cognitive-affective coping skills training; clinical personality assessment


Office Guthrie Hall
Phone (206) 543-8817


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?


Though now retired, my major interests are in personality, the study of anxiety, stress and coping, and in performance enhancement research and interventions. I have done extensive research in sport psychology, both in the area of youth sports and have worked as a performance enhancement consultant in college and professional sports.

I am no longer training students in sport psychology.

Selected Publications

  • Chen, J. A., Fearey, E., & Smith, R. E. (2017). “That which is measured improves”: A theoretical and empirical review of self-monitoring in self-management and adaptive behavior change. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Mental Health, 1(2) (Online) DOI : 10.14302/issn.2474-9273.jbtm-16-1180
  • Chen, J.A., Gilmore, A. K., Wilson, N. L., Smith, R. E., Quinn, K., Peterson, A. P., Fearey, E., & Shoda, Y. (2016). Enhancing stress management coping skills using induced affect and collaborative daily assessment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. Published online, May 8, 2016.
  • Smith, R. E., & Ascough, J. C. (2016). Promoting emotional resilience: Cognitive-Affective Stress Management Training. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Shoda, Y., Wilson, N. L., Chen, J., Gilmore, A. K., & Smith, R. E. (2013). Cognitive-Affective Processing System analysis of intra-individual dynamics in collaborative therapeutic assessment: Translating basic theory and research into clinical applications. Journal of Personality, 81, 554-568.
  • Smith, R. E., & Shoda, Y. (2012). The Cognitive-Affective Processing System: Understanding person, anxiety, mental toughness, and self-regulation in sport. In Y. P. Zinchenko & J. Hanin (Eds.), Sport psychology: On the way to the Olympic Games. Moscow State University Press.
  • Smith, R. E., & Smoll, F. L. (2011). Cognitive-behavioral coach training: A translational approach to theory, research, and intervention. In J. K. Luiselli & D. D. Reed (Eds.), Behavioral sport psychology: Evidence-based approaches to performance enhancement (pp. 227-248). New York: Springer. doi 10.1007/978-1-4614-0070-7_14
  • Smith, R. E., Fagan, C., Wilson, N. L., Chen, J., Corona, M., Nguyen, H., Racz, S., & Shoda, Y. (2011). Internet-based approaches to collaborative therapeutic assessment: New opportunities for professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42, 494-504. DOI: 10.1037/a0025392.
  • Yi-Frazier, J. P., Smith, R. E., Vitaliano, P. P., Yi, J., Mai, S., Hillman, M, & Weinger, K. (2010). A person-focused analysis of resilience resources and coping in patients with diabetes. Stress & Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 26, 51-60.
  • Smith, R. E., Shoda, Y., Cumming, S. P., & Smoll, F. L. (2009). Behavioral signatures at the ballpark: Intraindividual consistency of adults’ situation-behavior patterns and their interpersonal consequences. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 187-195.
  • Ptacek, J. T., Smith, R. E., Raffety, B, & Lindgren, K. P. (2008). Coherence and transituational generality in coping: The unity and the diversity. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 21, 155-172.
  • Smith, R. E., Smoll, F. L., & Cumming, S. P. (2007). Effects of a motivational climate intervention for coaches on children’s sport performance anxiety. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 29, 39-59.
  • Cervone, D., Shadel, W. G., Smith, R. E., & Fiori, M. (2006). Self-regulation: Reminders and suggestions from personality science. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 55 ,333-385.
  • Smith, R. E. (2006). Understanding sport behavior: A cognitive-affective processing systems approach.. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 18, 1-27.
  • Yi, J. P., Smith, R. E., & Vitaliano, P. P. (2005). Stress-resilience, illness, and coping: A person-focused investigation of female athletes. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 28, 257-265..
  • Shoda, Y., & Smith, R. E. (2004). Conceptualizing personality as a cognitive-affective processing system: A framework for models of maladaptive behavior patterns and change. Behavior Therapy, 35, 147-165.
  • Weitlauf, J. C., Cervone, D., Smith, R. E., & Wright, P. M. (2001). Assessing generalization in perceived self-efficacy: Multi-domain and global assessments of the effects of self-defense training for women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1683-1691.
  • Smith, R. E., Leffingwell, T. R., & Ptacek, J. T. (1999). Can people remember how they coped? Factors associated with discordance between same-day and retrospective reports. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 1050-1061.

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