Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Taylor Smith

Associate Professor

Research Associate, Division of Behavioral Genetics, Rhode Island Hospital

Pronouns: he, him, his

Contact Information


  • NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Child Mental Health, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Predoctoral Internship (APA Accredited), Temple University Hospital/ Shriners' Hospital for Children
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.A., Psychology, SUNY Geneseo


Courses Taught

  • PSY 329 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 456 Behavioral Disorders in Childhood
  • PSY 535 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Research Interests

For the past 10 years, Dr. Smith's research has focused on the: 1) interplay between genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors in risk for ADHD and related outcomes; and 2) assessment of ADHD and comorbid disorders. Recently, he has become interested in neurogenetic disorders with the ultimate goal of developing effective interventions. To this end, he directs the AdaptNG research program to promote the well being of individuals and families with neurogenetic disorders. He collaborates with the Division of Behavioral Genetics, Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Children's National Health System.

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

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  • Smith, T.F., Schmidt-Kastner, R., McGeary, J.E, Kaczorowski,J.A., & Knopik, V.S.  (2016). Prenatal ischemia-hypoxia, the ischemia-hypoxia response pathway, and ADHD risk: A multi-omic perspective. Behavior Genetics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10519-016-9784-4
  • ‪Marceau, K. Palmer, R.H.C., Neiderhiser, J.M., Smith, T.F., McGeary, J.E., & Knopik, V.S. (2016). Passive rGE or developmental gene-environment cascade? An investigation of the role of xenobiotic genes in the association between smoking during pregnancy and child birthweight. Behavior Genetics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10519-016-9778-2
  • ‪Knopik, V.S., Marceau, K., Bidwell, L.C., Palmer, R.H.C, Smith, T.F., Todorov, A., Evans, A.S.,  Heath, A.C. (2016). Smoking during pregnancy and ADHD risk: A genetically-informed, multiple-rater approach. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32421
  • Marceau, K., Minni, M.T.B., Smith, T.F., Daams, J.G., van Beijsterveldt, C.E.M., McMaster,M.C., Knopik, V.S, & Boomsma, D.I. (2016). The Prenatal Environment in Twin Studies: A Review on Chorionicity. Behavior Genetics. doi:10.​1007/​s10519-016-9782-6
  • Smith T.F., Anastopoulos, A.D., Garrett, M.E., Arias-Vasquez, A., Franke, B., Oades, R.D., Sonuga-Barke, E., Asherson, P., Gill, M., Buitelaar, J.K., Sergeant, J.A., Kollins, S.H., Faraone, S.V., the IMAGE Consortium, & Ashley-Koch, A (2014). Angiogenic, Neurotrophic, and Inflammatory System SNPs Moderate the Association between Birth Weight and ADHD Symptom Severity. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 165(8), 691-704.
  • Smith, T.F., Maccani, M.A., & Knopik, V.S. (2013). Maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring health outcomes: The role of epigenetic research in informing legal policy and practice. Hastings Law Journal, 64(6), 1591-1618.
  • Anastopoulos, A. D., Smith, T. F., Garrett, M. E., Morrissey-Kane, E., Schatz, N. K., Sommer, J.L., Kollins, S. H., & Ashley-Koch, A. (2010). Self-Regulation of emotion, functional impairment, and comorbidity among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 15(7), 583-592. doi:10.1177/1087054710370567

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