Cinzia Pica-Smith, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies

Coordinator, Working with Children & Adolescents in Community Settings Concentration

508-767-7306 Switzer Building - Room 109

Degrees Earned

B.A., The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
M.S.Ed., The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Ed.M., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Prevention and Intervention: Models and Approaches with Youth
Interviewing Techniques
Family and Disability
Principles of Case Management
Individuals in the Community
Loss and Bereavement
Diversity in Schools

Publications & Editorships

Pica-Smith, C., Contini, R. M., & Ives, B. (2018). Children’s Intergroup Friendships in Italian Multiethnic Schools. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 10(3) p. 140-163.

Pica-Smith, C., Contini, R. M., & Veloria, C. (2018). Social Justice Education in European Multi-Ethnic Schools: Addressing the Goals of Intercultural Education. London, UK: Routledge Press. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2018). The language of the academy: An English language learner in a doctoral program. In J. A. Kennedy & B. A. Burnell (Eds.). Personal Narratives of Diverse Women Thriving or Striving through the Doctoral Experience. Oakville, ON: Apple Academic Press. 

Contini, R.M. & Pica-Smith, C. (2017). Education and Diversity: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Studi di Sociologia, online first 29.11.2017, p. 1-18, ISSN: 0039-291X, doi: 10.26350/000309_000010.

Contini, R. M., & Pica-Smith, C. (2017). Problematizing the Conceptual Framework of Interculturalism and its Pedagogical Extension of Intercultural Education: Theoretical Perspectives and their Implications. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 9(3), 236-255. doi: 10.14658/pupj- ijse-2017-3-10 

Pica-Smith, C., & Poynton, T. (2017). Supporting interethnic and interracial friendships among youth to reduce prejudice and racism in schools: The role of the school counselor. In T. P. Remley, Jr., W. D. Rock, & R. M. Reed (Eds.), Ethical and legal issues in school counseling (4th ed.)(pp. 378-392). Reprinted article from Professional School Counseling, 18(1), 82-89. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5330/prsc.18.1.u80765360j5825l0 

Pica-Smith, C., Antognazza, D., Marland, J. J., & Crescentini, A. (2017). A cross-cultural study of Italian and U.S. children’s perceptions of interethnic and interracial friendships in two urban schools. Cogent Education, 4(1), 1280255. https://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2017.1280255 

Pica-Smith, C. & Poynton, T. (2014). Supporting interethnic and interracial friendships among youth and to reduce prejudice and racism in schools: The role of the school counselor. Professional School Counseling, 18, 82-89. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Veloria, C. (2012). “At risk means a minority kid”: Deconstructing deficit discourses in the study of risk in education and human services. Journal of Pedagogy and Human Sciences, 1, 2, 33-48. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2011). Children’s perceptions of interracial friendships in a multiethnic school context. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 25, 2, 119-132 

Pica-Smith, C. (2010, December 16). “Design your own life!” Thoughts on ethnicity, race, and parenting biracial children. The Journal of Family Life.

Galman, S.A., Pica-Smith, C., & Rosenberger, C. (2010). Aggressive and tender navigations: Teacher educators confront whiteness in their practice. Journal of Teacher Education, 61(3), 225-236. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2009). Children speak about interethnic and interracial friendships in the classroom: Lessons for teachers. Multicultural Education, 17, 1, 38-47.

Presentations

Pica-Smith, C. (2018). “Interracial Friendships in Schools: Why Diversity Day Isn’t Enough.” TEDx Easthampton Women, Easthampton, Massachussetts, December, 1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyi1ZqhFWNI&t=80s

Contini, R. M. Pica-Smith, C. (2018) Declinazione Educative dell’intercultura: Concettualizzazione e implementazione nel mondo della scuola. Paper Presented at the Convegno di Fine Mandato, Sociologia dell’Educazione, at the University of Salerno in Salerno, Italy, May, 17-18. 

Pica-Smith C., & Contini, R. M. (2018). Interculturalism in Italian Multiethnic Schools: Teachers’ Reflections Cosntructions and Interpretations. Paper presented to the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH, May 2-4. 

Pica-Smith, C., & Robinson, E. (2018) Discussants and Symposium Organizers for Theory Into Action: Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls. Symposium Presented at the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH, May 2-4. 

Pica-Smith, C., Ives, B., & Contini, R. M. (2018). Intergroup Friendships in Italian Multiethnic Schools. Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association Conference, New York City, NY, April 13-17. 

Di Francesco, G., Pica-Smith, C. & Contini, R.M. (2017). Migration, Intergroup Friendships, and Socio-cultural Integration. European Sociological Association 2017 Conference, Athens, Greece, August 29-Septmeber 1. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Insignares, M. (2017). Interrupting Xenophobic Discourses and the “Othering” of Migrants: Using Community Service Learning Pedagogy to Teach about Refugee Resettlement. Paper presented at the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network Conference, Worcester, MA, June 26-29. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Contini, R. M. (2017). Italian Schools and Interculturality: Integration and Discrimination in Friendship Formation. Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association 2017 Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 26-May 1. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Contini, R. M. (2017). Italian Schools and Interculturality: Abbruzzo Case Study. Paper presented to the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH, April 5-7. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2016). Understanding Children’s Perceptions of Intergroup Friendships. Kim Fries Award Presentation. Presented at the New England Educational Organizations’ Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH, April 27-29. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2015). A Cross-Cultural Study of Italian and U.S. Children’s Perceptions of Interethnic and Interracial Friendships in two Urban Schools. Paper presented at the New England Educational Research Organization’s Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH, April 29-May 1. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2014). A Cross Cultural Study of Italian and U.S. Children’s Perceptions of Interethnic and Interracial Friendships. Paper presented at the Society for Cross Cultural Research Conference, Charlotte, NC, February 12-14. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2013). A Cross Cultural Study of Italian and U.S. Children’s Perceptions of Interethnic and Interracial Friendships. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April 27-May 2. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Veloria, C. (2012). “At risk means a minority kid:” Deconstructing deficit discourses in the study of risk in education and human services. Paper presented at the Distinguished Paper Session of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April 27-May 2. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Veloria, C. (2012). “At risk means a minority kid:” Deconstructing deficit discourses in the study of risk in education and human services. Paper presented at the New England Educational Research Organization, NEERO, Portsmouth, NH, April 17. 

Pica-Smith, C. & Veloria, C. (2012). Deconstructing deficit discourses with predominantly white students. Paper presented at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education AOC Conference, Cambridge, MA, March 2-3. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2011) Children’s perceptions of interracial friendships: Exploring age, race, and gender differences in children’s perspectives. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 10-14. 
Vernon-Jones, R. & Pica-Smith, C. (2010). Making your school or classroom a force for dismantling racism. Presentation at the 11th Annual White Privilege Conference, La Crosse, WI, April 7-10. 

Vernon-Jones, R. & Pica-Smith, C. (2010). Moving white people to action. Presentation at the 11th Annual White Privilege Conference, La Crosse, WI, April 7-10. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2010). Is this a space for friendship? Interracial and interethnic friendships among children. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross Cultural Research, Albuquerque, NM, February 17-20. 

Pica-Smith, C. (2009). Children’s voices on interethnic and interracial friendships in a multiethnic classroom. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, April 13-17. 

Rosenberger, C. & Pica, C. (2008). Access and equity: Race talk in teacher education. Paper presented at the School of Education UMASS Amherst Centennial Marathon Research Conference, Amherst, MA, June 13-14. 

Pica, C. (2008). “Design your own life!” Thoughts on ethnicity, race, and parenting bi-racial children. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Narrative Matters, Toronto, Canada, May 7-10. 

Pica, C. (2008). Children’s perceptions of interethnic/interracial friendships in a multiethnic school context. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY, March 24-29. 

Rosenberger, C., Gallman, S.A., & Pica, C. (2008). Equity, complacency, compliance and conformity: teacher educators, pre-service teachers and social justice practices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY, March 24-29. 

Pica, C. (2008). The ecology of friendships: children’s meaning-making processes on interethnic friendship-making in context. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference on Human Development, Indianapolis, IN April 4-6. 

Pica, C. (2006). Cross-race friendships: a developmental investigation of children’s changing attitudes. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Development, Louisville, KY, April 28-30.

Grants and Awards

2017 Assumption College Faculty Development Grant Recipient 

2017 NetVUE and The Council of Independent Colleges Grant 

2016 Kim Fries Early Career Award presented at the New England Educational Research Annual Conference

2013 Distinguished Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting 
Assumption College 2013 Faculty Development Grant Recipient

2012 Rubovits Award for Best Paper presented at the annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization 

2012 Distinguished Education Research Article Award, Honorable Mention, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

Assumption College 2010 Faculty Development Grant Recipient

Graduate Level Member and Co-Chair of the Assumption College Chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha, National Organization for Human Services Honor Society

2008 University of Massachusetts—Amherst, School of Education Research Travel Grant

2007 University of Massachusetts—Amherst, School of Education Dissertation Grant

2006-2007 Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2005 Winner of New England Educational Research Organization’s John Schmitt Award for outstanding research at the graduate level

2005-2006 University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education Early Childhood Education Scholarship Recipient