Jennifer Lodi-Smith


Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic AffairsAssociate Professor

Ph.D. Personality Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
M.A. Psychology, College of William and Mary, 2003
B.A. Psychology and Philosophy, College of William and Mary, 2001 2513 Office: HS 209B, BA103, SH1016E

Dr. Lodi-Smith is a personality psychologist with a passion for understanding how personality changes across the lifespan in typically developing individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She co-directs the Canisius Aging and Autism Study and the Rochester Adult Longitudinal Study. She is currently serving the college as Interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs where she focuses on faculty development and support of the student experience. Please visit to learn more.



  • Mission & Identity Summer Research Fellowship, Canisius College
  • Faculty Summer Fellowship Award, Canisius College
  • Mission & Identity Course Development Grant, Canisius College
  • University of Illinois Survey Research Lab’s Sudman Dissertation Award Recipient


Lodi-Smith, J., Rodgers, J.D., Cunningham, S., Lopata, C., & Thomeer, M.L. (2018). Meta-analysis of Big Five personality traits in autism spectrum disorder. Autism.

Lodi-Smith, J. & DeMarree, K. (Eds). (2018). Self-Concept Clarity: Perspectives on Assessment, Research, and Application. New York: Springer Press.

Lodi-Smith, J., Cologgi, K., Spain, S.M., & Roberts, B.W. (2017). Development of identity clarity and content in adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115, 755-768.

Adler, J., Lodi-Smith, J., Philippe, F., & Houle, I. (2016). The incremental validity of narrative identity in predicting psychological well-being: A review of the field and recommendations for the future. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 20, 142-175.