Emily Tanner-Smith, College of Education

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Emily Tanner-Smith, Thomson Professor

Practice Areas: Substance Use and Addiction, Interventions, Statistics, Youth Mental Health, Youth Behavioral Health

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Emily Tanner-Smith is an academic expert in adolescent substance use and meta-analysis statistical methods. 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.

Recent Media: 
Not all prevention research is created equal, but experts can pinpoint the solid science (The Lund Report, Jan. 11, 2024)
2023’s states with the most at-risk youth (WalletHub, July 12, 2023)
Study: New Hampshire has small number of at-risk youth (The Center Square, July 12, 2023)
Education professor uses meta-analysis to help improve lives (Around the O, March 11, 2021)
Interview with Emily Tanner-Smith (Campbell Collaboration, March 29, 2019)
Family and human services expands to new areas of study (Around the O, Feb. 7, 2018)