Jane Ellen Smith


Photo: Jane Ellen Smith
Logan Hall Rm 122
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1985
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Determining why obese ethnic minority women prematurely drop out of healthy lifestyle treatment, and exploring how to address this dilemma. We have learned that two factors in particular lead to early termination: extremely poor body image and "familism" (family comes first). We are following up with studies to address body dissatisfaction prior to a healthy lifestyle intervention.
  • Examining the impact of varying responses to negative body talk (“Fat Talk") in the context of female friendships, and testing ways to respond to negative body talk that offer support but also encourage less focus on body image overall.
  • Using EMA (Ecological Momentary Assessment) to examine intuitive eating.
  • Understanding the relationship between nutritional preferences, actual food consumption, and body image.
  • Exploring the role of media use and upward social comparisons in a biopsychosocial model of body dissatisfaction.
  • Exploring the use of popular eating disorder measures (EAT, EDE-Q, EDI) in ethnic/racial minority populations, given that they were standardized (many years ago) on non-Hispanic White women.
  • Exploring "healthy eating" and "dieting": what exactly do these mean to college students, and what kind of problems do they create?
  • Examining the factors in a mother-daughter relationship that appear to serve a protective role against poor body image and disturbed eating in the daughter.


Accepting students?  Dr. Jane Ellen Smith is accepting students for Fall 2024.  Please email Dr. Smith if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies.

I am interested in two major areas of research: body image/eating disorders/obesity and substance use treatment. For the body image/eating disorders/obesity area, I primarily am focusing on risk factors, such as extreme body dissatisfaction and problematic eating. For the substance use treatment area I am focusing on CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training); a treatment that works with the family members of treatment-refusing individuals with substance use problems.

Selected Publications

Books (selected)

Smith, J. E., & Meyers, R. J. (2023). The CRAFT treatment manual: Working with fammily members of people with substance use problems. New York: Guilford Press. 

Godley, S.H., Smith, J. E., Meyers, R. J., & Godley, M. D. (2016). The adolescent community reinforcement approach: A clinical guide for treating substance use disorders. Chestnut Health Systems, Normal, IL.

Smith, J. E., & Meyers, R. J. (2010). Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) therapist coding manual [Individual session version]. Bloomington, IL: Lighthouse Institute.

Smith, J. E., & Meyers, R. J. (2004). Motivating substance abusers to enter treatment: Working with family members. New York: Guilford.

Articles in Refereed Journals (recent)

Body Image/Eating Disorders/Obesity Area:

Sebastian, R.M., Serier, K. N., Pacheco, C.R., VanderJagt, H., Mullins, C. R., Jackson, T. A., & Smith, J. E. (2023). Examining the individual and relational impacts of varying responses to negative body talk within college women’s female friendships. Body Image, 45, 192-200. 

Loor, J. M., Mullins, C. R., Pacheco, C., VanderJagt, H., & Smith, J. E. (2023). A qualitative exploration of perceived barriers and facilitators to following an intuitive eating style. Eating Behaviors, 49, 1-8. 

Xiao, H., Song, J., Han, X., Ye, Z., Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Loor, J. M., Smith, J. E., Cui, T., & He, J. (2023). Assessing hedonic hunger among Chinese adults using the Power ofFood Scale: Psychometric properties and cross-cultural invariance and differences between China and the US. Eating Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2023.101703

Sahlan, R. N., Serier, K. N., & Smith, J. E.  (2023).  Exploratory structural equation modelling (ESEM) and measurement invariance of the Farsi version of the Children’s Eating Attitudes Test (F-ChEAT) among Iranian preadolescents across gender and age. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 28.

Smith, J. M., Serier, K. N., McLaughlin, E. A., Witkiewitz, K., Sebastian, R., M., & Smith,  J.E. (2022). Development and psychometric evaluation of an empirically-derived daily checklist of weight control: Consumption-reduction strategies and health-focused strategies in college students. The Journal of American College Health, 70, 1577-1583. 

Belon, K. E., Serier, K. N., VanderJagt, H., & Smith, J. E. (2022). What is healthy eating? Exploring profiles of intuitive eating and nutritionally healthy eating in college women. American Journal of Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/08901171211073870 

Serier, K.N., Peterson, K. P., VanderJagt, H., Sebastian, R. M., Mullins, C.R., Medici, J., Smith, M., & Smith, J.E. (2021). Factor analytic support for the EDE-Q7 among American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate women. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-021-01335-w 

Serier, K. N., Sebastian, R. M., Smith, J. M., Mullins, C.R., & Smith, J. E. (2021). The Bulimia Test-Revised (BULIT-R): Psychometric properties in a non-clinical sample of White and Latina college women.  Eating Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2021.101493 

McEntee, M. L., Serier, K. N., Smith, J. M., & Smith, J. E. (2021). Measurement validity of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) at the intersection of sex and ethnicity in an undergraduate sample. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 84, 102-111. 

Smith, J. M., Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Sebastian, R. M., & Smith, J.E. (2020). Evaluation of the relationships between dietary restraint, emotional eating, and intuitive eating moderated by sex. Appetite.              https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104817 

Smith, J. M., Smith, J. E., McLaughlin, E. A., Belon, K. E., Serier, K. N., Simmons, J. D.,Kelton, K., Arroyo, C., & Delaney, H. D. (2020). Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in Native American, Hispanic, and White college women. Eating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity, 25, 347–355 

Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Smith, J. M., & Smith, J. E. (2019). Psychometric evaluation of the Power of Food Scale in a diverse sample: Measurement invariance across gender, ethnicity, and weight status. Eating Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101336 

Serier, K. N., Smith, J. M., Finstad, E.M., Laframboise, D., Erickson, B., Moreshead, M., & Smith, J. E. (2019). Perceived conflict and support among women with bulimia nervosa compared to women with depression and healthy controls: An experimental manipulation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38, 28-49. 

Serier, K., N., Smith, J. E., & Yeater, E. (2018). Confirmatory factor analysis and measurement invariance of the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) in a non-clinical sample of non-Hispanic White and Hispanic women. Eating Behaviors, 31, 53-59.

 Serier, K. N., Smith, J. E., Lash, D. N., Gianini, L. M., Harriger, J. A., Sarafin, R. E., & Wolfe, L. (2018). Obligatory exercise and coping in treatment-seeking women with poor body image. Eating and Weight Disorders: Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity, 23, 331-338. 

McLaughlin, E., Smith, J. E., Serier, K., Smith, J., Santistevan, D., & Simmons, J. (2018). Whatdoes self-reported “dieting” mean? Evidence from a daily diary study of behavior. Appetite, 127, 79-86. 

Austin, J. L. Serier, K. N., Sarafin, R. E., & Smith, J. E. (2017). Body dissatisfaction predicts poor behavioral weight loss treatment adherence in overweight Mexican American women, Body Image, 23, 155-161. 

McLaughlin, E. A., Campos-Melady, M., Smith, J. E., Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Simmons, J. D., & Kelton, K. (2017). The role of familism in weight loss treatment for Mexican American women. Journal of Health Psychology, 22, 1510-1523.

Smith, J. E., Erickson, S. J., Austin, J. L., Winn, J. L., Lash, D. N., & Amrhein, P. C. (2016). Mother-daughter relationship quality and body image in preadolescent girls. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2683-2694. 

Stevens, C. J., Smith, J. E., & Bryan, A. D. (2016). A pilot study of women’s affective responses to common and uncommon forms of aerobic exercise. Psychology and Health, 31, 239-257. 

Lash, D. N., Smith, J. E., & Rinehart, J. K. (2016). Can the theory of planned behavior predict dietary intention and future dieting in an ethnically diverse sample of overweight and obese veterans attending medical clinics. Appetite, 99, 185-192. 

Belon, K. E., McLaughlin, E. A., Smith, J. E., Bryan, A. D., Witkiewitz, K, Lash, D. N., & Winn, J. L. (2015). Testing the measurement invariance of the Eating Disorder Inventory in non-clinical samples of Hispanic and Caucasian women. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 48, 262-270. 

McLaughlin, E. A., Belon, K. E., Smith, J. E., & Erickson, S. J. (2015). Mothers’ and daughters’ beliefs about factors affecting preadolescent girls’ body satisfaction. Body Image, 13, 9-17.

Substance Use Treatment Area:

Simmons, J.D., Smith, J. E., Erickson, S. J., & Warner, T. D. (2021). A factor analytic approach to understanding health risk behaviors and resilience among multi-racial/ethnic adolescents in New Mexico. Ethnicity and Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2021.1925227

Venner, K., Serier, K., Sarafin, R., Greenfield, B., Hirchak, K., Smith, J. E., & Witkiewitz, K. (in press). Culturally tailored evidence-based substance use disorder treatments are efficacious with an American Indian Southwest tribe: An open-label pilot-feasibility randomized controlled trial. Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15191 

Welsh, J. W., Passetti, L. L., Funk, R. R., Smith, J. E., Meyers, R. J., & Godley, M. D. (2019). Treatment retention and outcomes with the adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach in emerging adults with opioid use, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 51, 431-440.

Campos-Melady, M., Smith, J. E., Meyers, R. J., Godley, S. H., & Godley, M. D. (2017). The effect of therapists' adherence and competence in delivering the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach on client outcomes.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 117-129. 

Godley, M. D., Passetti, L. L., Subramaniam, G. A., Funk, R. R., Smith, J. E., & Meyers, R. J. (2017). Adolescent community reinforcement approach implementation and treatment outcomes for youth with opiod problem use.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 174, 9-16. 

Venner, K. L., Greenfield, B. L., Hagler, K. J., Simmons, J., Lupee, D., Homer, E., Yamutewa, Y., & Smith, J. E. (2016). Pilot outcome results of culturally-adapted evidence-based substance use disorder treatment with a Southwest Tribe. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 3, 21-27. 

Meyers, R. J., Roozen, H. G., Smith, J. E., & Evans, B. E. (2014). Reasons for entering treatment reported by initially treatment-resistant patients with substance use disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 43, 299-309. 

Godley, S. R., Hunter, B. D., Fernandez-Artamendi, S., Smith, J. E., Meyers, R. J., & Godley, M. D. (2014). A comparison of treatment outcomes for Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach participants with and without co-occurring problems. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 463-471. 

Smith, J. E., Gianini, L. M., Garner, B. R., Malek, K. L., & Godley, S. H. (2014). A behaviorally-anchored rating system to monitor treatment integrity for community clinicians using the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, 185-199.

Garner, B. R., Hunter, B. D., Smith, D. C., Smith, J. E., & Godley, M. D. (2014). The relationship between child maltreatment and substance abuse treatment outcomes among emerging adults and adolescents. Child Maltreatment, 19, 261-269. 

Godley, S. H., Smith, J. E., Passetti, L. L., & Subramaniam, G. (2014). The adolescent community reinforcement approach (A-CRA) as a model paradigm for the management of adolescents with substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Substance Abuse, 35, 352-363. 

Manuel, J. K., Austin, J. L., Miller, W. R., McCrady, B. S., Tonigan, J. S., Meyers, R. J., Smith, J. E., & Bogenschutz, M. P. (2012). Community reinforcement and family training: A pilot comparison of group and self-directed delivery. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43, 129-136.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 335L: Clinical Psychology Lab
  • PSYC 332: Abnormal Behavior
  • PSYC 450: Body Image Lab + practicum
  • PSYC 532: Psychpathology
  • PSYC 637: Empirically Supported Treatments

Current Graduate Student Lab Members


Kirsten Peterson

Hayley VanderJagt

Catalina Pacheco