Anna T. Smyke, PhD

Current Positions:
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Coordinator, Foster Care Team (Tulane Infant Team)
Co-director, Tulane Parenting Education Program

Education and Training:
College of New Rochelle 1975 B.A. Speech Therapy/Special Education,
Gallaudet College 1978 M.S. Audiology,
University of New Orleans 1996 M.S. Applied Developmental Paychology,
University of New Orleans 2000 Ph.D. Applied Developmental Psychology

My academic interests are primarily in the area of early adverse experiences, such as maltreatment and institutionalization, and their influence on child development. I have a particular interest in attachment disturbances and disorders and ways in which caregivers can foster the development of attachment relationships in young children with no prior attachment relationships, or who are establishing an attachment relationship with a different caregiver. Other areas of interest involve the impact of maltreatment on young children’s development and the provision of support to foster children and their foster parents. Additionally, as a New Orleanian, I am interested in understanding the effects of the traumatic experiences that our smallest citizens have experienced as a result of the flooding of our city. I have also studied at-risk mothers’ beliefs about spoiling their young children and examined the influence of maltreating status on mothers’ representations and on their interactions with their young children. Current research interests include: attachment disturbances/disorders in foster children and previously institutionalized children and developmental sequelae of early institutionalization.

Selected Publications:
Nelson , C.A., Zeanah, C.H., Fox, N.A., Marshall, P.J., Smyke, A.T., & Guthrie, D. (2007). Cognitive recovery in socially deprived young children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Science, 318, 1937-1940.

Smyke, A.T., Zeanah, C.H., Fox, N.A., & Nelson, C.A. (2009). A new model of foster care for young children: The Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 18, 721-34.

Smyke, A.T., & Breidenstine, A. (2009). Foster care in early childhood. In C.H. Zeanah (ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health (3rd Edition, pp. 500-515). New York: Guilford.

Zeanah, C.H., & Smyke, A.T. (2009). Attachment disorders. In C.H. Zeanah (ed.) Handbook of Infant Mental Health (3rd Edition, pp.421-434). New York: Guilford.

Smyke, A.T., Zeanah, C.H., Fox, N.A., Nelson, C.A., & Guthrie, D. (2010). Placement in foster care enhances quality of attachment among young institutionalized children. Child Development, 81, 212-223.

Smyke, A.T., Zeanah, C.H., Gleason, M.M., Drury, S.S., Fox, N.A., & Nelson, C.A. (2012). A randomized controlled trial comparing foster care and institutional care for children with signs of reactive attachment disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 508-514.

Phone: (504) 988-9200
Fax: (504) 988-9202



Anna Smyke

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000