Diana Smart

Diana Smart

Senior Research Fellow
BA(Hons) (Melb), MA (Melb), DipEd (UNSW)

Dr Diana Smart is a psychologist who joined the Institute in 2000. Diana is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute with responsibility for the Building a New Life in Australia and Pathways of Care studies. She previously held responsibility for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and has also had a 25 year association with the Australian Temperament Project.  Prior to this, Diana conducted research for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Education Unit and the Victorian Education Department's Curriculum and Research Branch, and was a Lecturer in Psychology at Rusden State College (now part of Deakin University).  Diana's research interests include child and youth development and transitions, pathways across time, and vulnerability and the fostering of resilience.

Selected publications

Smart, D., De Maio, J., Rioseco, P., & Edwards, B. (2017). English skills, engagement in education, and entrance into employment of recently arrived humanitarian migrants (Building a New Life in Australia Research Summary). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

De Maio, J., Silbert, M., Jenkinson, R., & Smart, D. (2014). Building a New Life in Australia: Introducing the Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants. Family Matters 94, 5-14. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Little, K., Hawkins, M., Sanson, A., O’Connor, M., Toumbourou, J., Smart, D., & Vassallo, S. (2013). Longitudinal predictors of alcohol-related harms during the transition to adulthood. Australian Psychologist, 48 (4), 270-280.

Baxter, J. & Smart, D. (2012). La paternité au sein des couples australiens avec de jeunes enfants (In French. Translation: An overview of fathering in Australia among couple families with young children). Information Sociales, vol 2012/3 No. 171, 118-126

Horwood, L J., Fergusson, D.M., Coffey, C., Patton, G.C., Tait, R., Smart, D., Letcher, P., Silins, E., & Hutchinson, D.M. (2012). Cannabis and depression: An integrative data analysis of four Australian cohorts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Little, K., Hawkins, M.T., Sanson, A., Toumbourou. J.W., Smart, D., Vassallo, S., & O'Connor, M. (2012). The longitudinal prediction of alcohol consumption-related harms among young adults. Substance Use and Misuse, 47, 1303-1317

Terrett, G., O'Connor, M., Hawkins, M.T., Sanson, A. & Smart, D. (2012). Longitudinal antecedents of school bonding in adolescence. Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 29, 107-128. Doi: 10.1017/edp.2012.15.

Baxter, J., & Smart, D. (2011). Fathering in Australia among couple families with young children. Occasional Paper No. 37, Canberra, Australia: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Baxter, J., & Smart, D. (2011). Fathering in Australia among couple families with young children. Family Matters, 87, 15-26.

O'Connor, M., Sanson, A., Hawkins, M.T., Letcher, P., Toumbourou, J.W., Smart, D., Vassallo, S., & Olsson, C. (2011).  Predictors of positive development in emerging adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 860-874.