Anna T. Smyke, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Coordinator, Foster Care Team (Tulane Infant Team)
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.
Smyke, A.T., Koga, S.F.M., Johnson, D.E., Zeanah, C.H., & the BEIP Core Group. (2007). The caregiving context in institution reared and family reared infants and toddlers in Romania. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 210-218.
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.
Larrieu, J.A., Heller, S. S., Smyke, A.T., & Zeanah, C.H. (2008). Predictors of permanent loss of custody for mothers of infants and toddlers in foster care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29, 48-60.
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