Jessi Smith

 Jessi L. Smith is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Utah and spent much of her academic career at Montana State University where she served as the primary investigator of the NSF funded ADVANCE Project TRACS, which aimed to broaden the participation of women faculty in STEM and behavioral science fields in ways that foster excellence for the entire campus community. Prof Smith’s primary research interest is on how societal norms and stereotypes undermine or support an individual’s motivational experience. Her research specializes in social psychological aspects of gender and culture that advance the success of people at risk in education, business, and health. She has over 60 peer reviewed publications and one book to her credit. She is very grant successful with over $7 million in external funding from the NIH and NSF. Her funded work includes longitudinal analyses of Native American and Latino student experiences in STEM; cross-sectional analyses of women’s motivation for STEM; and experimental interventions designed to change situations to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.