Science writing

I write about psychology, biology, and basic science for children and adults.  I especially enjoy writing about the process of science, revealing how we know, instead of just what we know.

This is what I’ve been up to lately.


Curriculum and instructional materials

I develop content to inform science lovers and engage reluctant learners.  I especially enjoy designing materials that emphasize hands-on exploration and allow students to directly experience the thrill of solving scientific puzzles.

Projects include:

  • Searching for Sasquatch, a middle-grade critical thinking course
  • Act & Adapt, a video-guided coping skills curriculum for children and adolescents
  • Test banks and teachers’ guides for college textbooks



Academic writing

Academic publications tend to be a dry read at best.  But if you like that sort of thing, you can find my academic writing here or take a look at my CV.  Or you can read a user-friendly article about my research on stress during the transition to middle school in Oregon State University’s Terra magazine.

Journal Articles

Connor-Smith, J. K., Henning, K, Moore, S., & Holdford, R. (2011).  Risk assessments by female victims of intimate partner violence:  Predictors of risk perceptions and comparison to an actuarial measure.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(12), 2517-2550.

Henning, K. & Connor-Smith, J. K. (2011).  Why doesn’t HE leave?  Relationship continuity and satisfaction among male domestic violence offenders.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(7), 1366-1387.

Southam-Gerow, M. A., Weisz, J. R., Chu, B. C., McLeod, B. D., Gordis, E. B., & Connor-Smith, J. K. (2010). Does CBT for youth anxiety outperform usual care in community clinics?: An initial effectiveness test. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(10), 1043 – 1052.

Carver, C. S. & Connor-Smith, J. K. (2010). Personality and Coping. Annual Review of Psychology, 61, 679-704.

Clough, A., Wagman, J., Rollins, C., Barnes, J., Connor-Smith, J., Holdich-Niolon, P., et al. (2011). The SHARE Project:  Maximizing participant retention in a longitudinal study with victims of intimate partner violence.  Field Methods, 23(1), 86-101.

Niolon, P. H., Rollins, C. M., Glass, N., Billhardt, K., Connor-Smith, J. K., & Baker, C. (2009). An innovative approach to serving the needs of IPV survivors: Description of a CDC-funded study examining the Volunteers of America Home Free rent assistance program.  Journal of Women’s Health, 18 (6), 775-778.

Weisz, J. R., Southam-Gerow, M. A., Gordis, E. B., Connor-Smith, J. K., Chu, B. C., Langer, D. A., McLeod, B. D., Jensen-Doss, A. Gelbwasser, A., & Weiss, B. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral therapy versus usual clinical care for youth depression: An initial test of transportability to community clinics and clinicians. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 77(3), 383-396.

Helzer, E. G., Connor-Smith, J. K., & Reed, M. A. (2009).  Traits, states, and attentional gates: Temperament and threat relevance as predictors of attentional bias to threat.  Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 22(1), 57-76.

Connor-Smith, J. K. & Flachsbart, C.  (2007). Relations between Personality and Coping:  A Meta-Analysis.  Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 93, 1080-1107.

Calvete, E., & Connor-Smith, J. K.  (2006). Perceived social support, coping, and symptoms of distress in American and Spanish students. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 19, 47-65.

Calvete, E., & Connor-Smith, J. K. (2005). Automatic thoughts and psychological symptoms: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of American and Spanish students.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 29, 201-217.

Wadsworth, M.E., Raviv, T., Compas, B. E., & Connor-Smith, J. K.  (2005). Parent and adolescent responses to poverty-related stress: Tests of mediated and moderated coping models.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 283-298.

Connor-Smith, J. K. & Calvete, E. (2004). Cross-cultural equivalence of coping and involuntary responses to stress in Spain and the United States. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 17, 163-185.

Connor-Smith, J. K. & Compas, B.E. (2004). Coping as a moderator of relations between reactivity to Interpersonal stress, health status, and internalizing problems. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 28, 347-368.

Compas, B.E., Connor-Smith, J. K. & Jaser, S. S. (2004). Temperament, stress reactivity, and coping: Implications for depression in childhood and adolescence.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 21-31.

Connor-Smith, J. K. & Compas, B. E.  (2003) Analogue measures of DSM-IV mood and anxiety disorders based on behavior checklists. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 25, 37-48.

Connor-Smith, J.K., & Weisz, J.R.  (2003). Applying treatment outcome research in clinical practice: Techniques for adapting interventions to the real world.  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 8, 3-10.

Connor-Smith, J. K. & Compas, B.E.  (2002). Vulnerability to Social Stress:  Coping as a mediator or moderator of sociotropy and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 26, 39-55.

Compas, B.E., Connor-Smith, J.K., Saltzman, H., Thomsen, A. H., & Wadsworth, M. E.  (2001). Coping with stress during childhood and adolescence:  Progress, problems, and potential in theory and research.  Psychological Bulletin, 127, 87-127.

Connor-Smith, J. K., Compas, B. E., Wadsworth, M. E., Thomsen, A.H., & Saltzman, H. (2000). Responses to stress in adolescence:  Measurement of coping and involuntary stress responses.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 976-992.

Gerhardt, C. A., Compas, B. E., Connor, J. K., & Achenbach, T. M. (1999).  Association of a mixed anxiety/depression syndrome and symptoms of major depressive disorder in adolescents.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 28, 305-323.

Compas, B. E., Oppedisano, G., Connor, J. K., Gerhardt, C. A., Hinden, B. R., Achenbach, T. M., & Hammen, C. (1997).  Gender differences in depressive symptoms in adolescence: Comparison of national samples of clinically-referred and non-referred youth.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 617-626.

Narhi, L.O., Connor, J., Rohde, M.F., McGinley, M.G., Arakawa, T. (1991).  Stoichiometric complexation of Streptomyces subtilisin inhibitor and subtilisin.  Journal of Protein Chemistry, 10, 385-390.


Book Chapters

Connor-Smith, J.K. (2009).  Stress and Coping. In R. Ingram (ed.). The International Encyclopedia of Depression.

Weisz, J. R., Southam-Gerow, M. A., Gordis, E. B., & Connor-Smith, J. K. (2003).  Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Training for Youth Depression: Applying the Deployment-Focused Model of Treatment Development and Testing.  In Kazdin, A.E. & Weisz, J.R. (Eds.), Evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents. (pp. 165-183).  New York: Guilford.

Compas, B. E., Connor, J. K., Saltzman, H., Thomsen, A. H., & Wadsworth, M. (1999).  Getting specific about coping:  Effortful and involuntary responses to stress.  In M. Lewis & D. Ramsey (Eds.), Soothing and Stress (pp. 229-256). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Compas, B. E., Connor, J. K., & Hinden, B. R. (1998).  New perspectives on depression in adolescence.  In R. Jessor (ed.), New perspectives on adolescent risk behavior (pp. 319-362).  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Compas, B. E., Connor, J. K., & Wadsworth, M. (1997).  Prevention of Depression.  In R. P. Weissberg, T. P. Gullotta, R.L. Hampton, B. A. Ryan, & G.R. Adams (Eds.), Healthy children 2010:  Enhancing children’s wellness (pp. 129-174). Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Compas, B. E., Connor, J., Osowiecki, D., & Welch, A., (1997).  Effortful and involuntary responses to stress:  Implications for coping with chronic stress.  In B. H. Gottlieb (Ed.).  Coping with chronic stress (pp. 105-130).  New York:  Plenum.

Connor, J., Fischer, K., & Berger, A. (1993).  Understanding battered women’s expectations of the criminal justice system.  The Community Psychologist, 27, 39-40.