Emily Tanner-Smith is an academic expert in adolescent substance use and meta-analysis statistical methods. At the University of Oregon, she is a Thomson Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department, a research scientist at the Prevention Science Institute, and executive director of the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice. Emily’s research uses meta-analysis statistical methods to synthesize research findings on the effectiveness of programs that aim to prevent and treat youth substance use. Her work focuses on the development and application of meta-analysis methods for pooling research findings across studies and then using those research syntheses to inform evidence-based policy and practice decisions. One line of this work has focused on the effectiveness of brief interventions delivered in school and healthcare settings for preventing substance use. Another line of this work has focused on juvenile drug treatment courts and outpatient treatment programs for treating substance use problems among youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Most recently, her work has focused on examining the effects of school-based recovery supports—recovery high schools and collegiate recovery programs—for secondary and postsecondary students with histories of substance use problems.
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Interview with Emily Tanner-Smith (Campbell Collaboration, March 29, 2019)