Laura Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Informatics Institute

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
MDC 62
Tampa, FL 33612

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Academic Phone: (813) 396-9527

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  • PhD, Psychology, University Of Florida, 2007

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Other

Research Interests

  • Family factors related to diabetes managment, parental behaviors intended to prevent diabetes in children genetically at-risk, psychological screening in pediatric diabetes clinics, patient-provider interactions in diabetes

Recent Publications

  • Lernmark B Lynch K Baxter J Roth R Simell T Smith L Swartling U Johnson SB; Teddy Study Group. Participant Experiences in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) Study: Common Reasons for Withdrawing J Diabetes Res. 2016: 2720650, 2015.
  • Valenzuela JM Smith L. Provider-Patient Interactions: An Important Consideration for Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities in Youth J Pediatr Psychol.. 41(4) : 473-80, 2015.
  • Valenzuela JM, Smith LB, Stafford JM, D'Agostino RB, Lawrence JM, Yi-Frazier JP, Seid M, Dolan LM. Shared decision-making among caregivers and health care providers of youth with type 1 diabetes. Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings. 21(3) : 234-43, 2014.
  • Smith LB, Lynch KF, Baxter J, Lernmark B, Roth R, Simell T, Johnson SB. Factors associated with maternal-reported actions to prevent type 1 diabetes in the first year of the TEDDY study. Diabetes care. 37(2) : 325-31, 2014.
  • Roth R Lynch K Lernmark B Baxter J Simell T Smith L Swartling U Ziegler AG Johnson SB; TEDDY Study Group. Maternal Anxiety about Child’s Diabetes Risk in the TEDDY Study: The Potential Role of Life Stress, Postpartum Depression, and Risk Perception Pediatr Diabetes. 16(4) : 287-98, 2014.
  • Johnson S, B, Lynch K, Lee H, Smith L, B, Baxter J, Lernmark B, Roth R, Simell T, & the TEDDY Study Grou. At High Risk for Early Withdrawal: Using a Cumulative Risk Model to Increase Retention in the First Year of the TEDDY Study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 67(6) : 609-11, 2014.
  • Smith L, B, Kugler B, B, Lewin A, B, Duke D, C, Storch E, A, & Geffken G, R, . Executive Functioning, Parenting Stress, and Family Factors as Predictors of Diabetes Management in Pediatric Patients with Type 1 Diabetes Using Intensive Regimens. Children’s Health Care. 43(3) : 234-252, 2014.
  • Patton SR, Dolan LM, Smith LB, Brown MB, Powers SW. Examining mealtime behaviors in families of young children with type 1 diabetes on intensive insulin therapy. Eating behaviors. 14(4) : 464-7, 2013.
  • Bollepalli S, Smith L, B, Vasquez A, Rodriguez H, & Vehik K. Addressing the burdens of type 1 diabetes in youth. Clinical practice. 9: 409-424, 2012.
  • Patton S, R, Dolan L, M, Smith L, B, Thomas I, H, & Powers S, W. Pediatric parenting stress and its relation to depressive symptoms and fear of hypoglycemia in parents of young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 18: 345-352, 2011.
  • Patton SR, Williams LB, Eder SJ, Crawford MJ, Dolan L, Powers SW. Use of continuous glucose monitoring in young children with type 1 diabetes: implications for behavioral research. Pediatric diabetes. 12(1) : 18-24, 2011.
  • Smith LB, Storch EA. Stress, coping, and diabetes support groups. NASN school nurse (Print). 26(1) : 24-5, 2011.
  • Graziano PA, Geffken GR, Williams LB, Lewin AB, Duke DC, Storch EA, Silverstein JH. Gender differences in the relationship between parental report of self-regulation skills and adolescents' management of type 1 diabetes. Pediatric diabetes. 12(4 Pt 2) : 410-8, 2011.
  • Lane J, B, Lee H, Smith L, B, et al. Clinical severity and quality of life in children and adolescents with Rett Syndrome. Neurology. 20: 1812-1818, 2011.
  • Lernmark B, Johnson S, B, Vehik K, Smith L, Ballard L, Baxter J, McLeod W, Roth R, Simell T. Enrollment experiences in a pediatric longitudinal observational study: The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 32(4) : 517-523, 2011.
  • Lewin AB, Storch EA, Williams LB, Duke DC, Silverstein JH, Geffken GR. Brief report: normative data on a structured interview for diabetes adherence in childhood. Journal of pediatric psychology. 35(2) : 177-82, 2010.
  • Grabill K, M, Geffken G, R, Duke D, Lewin A, Williams L, Storch E, & Silverstein J. Family Functioning and Adherence in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: A latent growth model of glycemic control. Children’s Health Care. 39: 279-295, 2010.
  • Lewin A, B, Geffken G, R, Williams L, B, Duke D, C, Storch E, A, & Silverstein J, H. Development of the Diabetes Family Measure (DFAM). Children’s Health Care. 39: 15-33, 2010.
  • Lewin AB, LaGreca AM, Geffken GR, Williams LB, Duke DC, Storch EA, Silverstein JH. Validity and reliability of an adolescent and parent rating scale of type 1 diabetes adherence behaviors: the Self-Care Inventory (SCI). Journal of pediatric psychology. 34(9) : 999-1007, 2009.
  • Williams LB, Laffel LM, Hood KK. Diabetes-specific family conflict and psychological distress in paediatric Type 1 diabetes. Diabetic medicine : a journal of the British Diabetic Association. 26(9) : 908-14, 2009.
  • Patton SR, Williams LB, Dolan LM, Chen M, Powers SW. Feeding problems reported by parents of young children with type 1 diabetes on insulin pump therapy and their associations with children's glycemic control. Pediatric diabetes. 10(7) : 455-60, 2009.