Jane Ellen Smith


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

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Body Image/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.
  • Using EMA (Ecological Momentary Assessment) to examine intuitive eating.
  • Examining the personal and relational impact of varying responses to "Fat Talk" in the context of female friendship.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Looking at trajectories for symptom change in a clinical sample of adolescents with comorbid problems (substance use and mental health issues), and the role that perceived social support may play.


Accepting students?  Dr. Smith probably will not be taking a new student for the Fall 2022 year.

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. 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)

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:

Smith, J. M., Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Sebastian, R. M., & Smith, J.E. (in press).  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., Serier, K. N., McLaughlin, E. A., Witkiewitz, K., Sebastian, R., M., & Smith, J.E. (in press). 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.

McEntee, M. L., Serier, K. N., Smith, J. M., & Smith, J. E. (in press). 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.

Serier, K. N., Belon, K. E., Smith, J. M., & Smith, J. E. (in press). Psychometric evaluation of the Power of Food Scale in a diverse sample: Measurement invariance across gender, ethnicity, and weight status. Eating Behaviors.

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., 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.

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.

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:

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

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

Current Graduate Student Lab Members

Jeremiah Simmons (Internship)

Kelsey Serier (Internship)

Jamie Smith (Internship)

Riley Sebastian

Kirsten Peterson

Hayley VanderJagt