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Ronald Smith, Ph.D.


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


Phone (206) 543-8817
Fax (206) 616-8367


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Advising Areas:
Adult Clinical Social and Personality
Advising notes:
Although I will not be accepting students of my own, I will remain active in the program and in my research, and I am happy to serve as a secondary advisor for students who share my interests.


My major research interests are in personality, the study of anxiety, stress and coping, and in performance enhancement research and interventions. I have studied the effects of stress, coping, and social support on both psychological and physical well-being and have developed a coping skills training program called Cognitive-Affective Stress Management Training. Current research, done in collaboration with Yuichi Shoda (Social-Personality) involves intraperson relations between situational characteristics, cognitive appraisals, coping strategies, and emotional consequences. This involves the use of a daily stress and coping diary methodology. Collaborative work with Jonathan Bricker (see his bio) is also being planned. I am no longer training students in sport psychology.

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2006). Understanding sport behavior: A cognitive-affective processing systems approach.. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 18, 1-27.
  • Smith, R. E., & Ascough, J. C. (2016). Promoting emotional resilience: Cognitive-Affective Stress Management Training. New York: Guilford Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.

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