Shardé Smith

Assistant Professor


Shardé McNeil Smith is an assistant professor of African American Studies and an affiliate faculty member of Human Development and Family Studies.  She earned her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University-Calumet and Ph.D. in Family Relations from Florida State University. Her research focuses on the effects of social stress exposure on mental and behavioral health outcomes within the African American family context and the role of social support as a protective factor.  A primary area of her research focuses on the intra- and interpersonal effects of racial discrimination on mental health in the parent-child and the couple context. Overall, findings from her research demonstrate within-group variation in how stress exposure impacts the African American family’s mental and behavioral health and highlights the need to go beyond between-group differences.

Research Interests

  • Social connectedness and resilience
  • Effects of racial discrimination on families
  • Mental health and wellness in African American communities


  • Ph.D. Family Relations, Florida State University
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University-Calumet
  • B.A. Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • B.A. Sociology, North Carolina State University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Recent Publications

Bigman-Galimore, C. A., Smith, M. A., Williamson, L. D., Planey, A. M., & Smith, S. (2019). Selective sharing on social media: Examining the effects of disparate racial impact frames on intentions to retransmit news stories among US college students. New Media and Society, 21(11-12), 2691-2709.

Landor, A. M., & Smith, S. (Accepted/In press). Skin-Tone Trauma: Historical and Contemporary Influences on the Health and Interpersonal Outcomes of African Americans. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

McNeil Smith, S., Williamson, L. D., Branch, H., & Fincham, F. D. (Accepted/In press). Racial discrimination, racism-specific support, and self-reported health among African American couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Planey, A. M., Smith, S., Moore, S., & Walker, T. D. (2019). Barriers and facilitators to mental health help-seeking among African American youth and their families: A systematic review study. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 190-200.

Smith, S., Sun, R., & Gordon, M. S. (2019). Racial Discrimination and Psychological Distress among African American Adolescents: Investigating the Social Support Deterioration Model. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(6), 1613-1622.

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