Jane Ellen Smith


Photo: Jane Ellen Smith
(505) 277-2650
Logan Hall Rm 122
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1985

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Eating Disorders/Obesity Area:
  • Determining why ethnic minority women prematurely drop out of weight management treatment, and 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 ran focus groups to follow up on these issues, and we are designing a study that will address body dissatisfaction prior to a weight management intervention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Examining the contributions and limitations of ecological momentary assessment.
  • Exploring "healthy eating" and "dieting": what exactly do these mean to college students, and what kind of problems do they create?
  • Substance Use Treatment Area:
  • Determining the ways in which CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) can be culturally modified to better suit Native American populations.
  • Examining an online abbreviated version of a behavioral program, the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) with college students in an effort to see if they can add enjoyable, healthy activities to their week that compete with substance use.
  • Determining whether a therapist's competence (skill) in delivering CRA affects the client's outcome in a substance abuse treatment program.


Accepting students?  Yes, Dr. Smith hopes to accept an incoming student to begin in Fall 2021.

I am interested in two major areas of research: eating disorders/obesity and substance use treatment. For the eating disorders/obesity area, I primarily am focusing on risk factors, such as extreme body dissatisfaction. As part of this, I am exploring the association between body dissatisfaction and unhealthy dieting/exercise habits, and the role of body dissatisfaction in obesity treatment dropout and the mother-daughter relationship. My lab also regularly examines assessment issues, such as problems associated with using standard eating disorder measures with ethnic or racial minority participants. 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. Currently we are examining how to culturally adapt CRAFT to Native American populations.

Selected Publications

Books (selected)

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.

Meyers, R. J. & Smith, J. E. (1995). Clinical guide to alcohol treatment: The community reinforcement approach (211 pp). New York: Guilford.  

Articles in Refereed Journals (selected)

Eating Disorders/Obesity Area:

Serier, K. N., Smith, J. M., Finstad, E.M., Laframboise, D., Erickson, B., Moreshead, M., & Smith, J. E. (in press).  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.

Serier, K., N., Smith, J. E., & Yeater, E. (in press). 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.

Serier, K. N., Smith, J. E., Lash, D. N., Gianini, L. M., Harriger, J. A., Sarafin, R. E., & Wolfe, B. 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). What does 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. 

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. 

McLaughlin, E. A., Campos-Melady, M., Smith, J. E., Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Simmons, J. D., & Kelton, K. (2016). The role of familism in weight loss treatment for Mexican American women. Journal of Health Psychology, 1-14. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Austin, J. L., Smith, J. E., Gianini, L., &  Campos-Melady, M. (2013). Attitudinal familism predicts weight management adherence in Mexican-American women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 259-269. 

Belon, K. E., Smith, J. E., Bryan. A. D., Lash, D. N., Winn, J. L., & Gianini, L. M. (2011). Measurement invariance of the Eating Attitudes Test-26 in Caucasian and Hispanic women. Eating Behaviors,12, 317-320. 

Harriger, J. A., Calogero, R. M., Witherington, D. C., & Smith, J. E. (2010). Body size stereotyping and internalization of the thin ideal in preschool girls. Sex Roles, 63, 609-620.


Substance Use Treatment Area:

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

  • PSY 335L: Clinical Psychology Lab
  • PSY 332: Abnormal Behavior
  • PSY 532: Psychpathology
  • PSY 637: Empirically Supported Treatments

Current Graduate Student Lab Members

Kirsten Peterson

Jeremiah Simmons

Riley Sebastian

Kelsey Serier

Jamie Smith

Haley VanderJagt