Faculty & Staff

Carol Smith, PhD

Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Associate Chair


photo of Carol Smith

Areas of Expertise

Developmental Psychology; Cognitive Development; Conceptual Change in Children and Adults; Developing Scientific Concepts


PhD, Harvard University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Carol Smith is a cognitive developmental psychologist whose research focuses on understanding how concepts develop and change, both in children and scientists. She is interested in understanding why some science concepts are very hard for students to understand and the kinds of instructional practices that foster conceptual change. Recently, she was a member of the National Academies' Committee on Science Learning, which has just completed writing a book on children's science learning from kindergarten to grade 8 called Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8. She is also involved in longitudinal studies of conceptual development and change in both elementary school and college students.


Intro Psychology (Psych 100), Infancy & Child Development (Psych 341), Cognitive Development (Psych 447)

Critical & Creative Thinking Program (College of Advancing and Professional Studies), Children & Science (CCT 652), Advanced Cognitive Psychology