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Dr. Tanner-Smith’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of behavioral and mental health problems among youth, with emphasis on using research syntheses to advance evidence-based decision-making. Dr. Tanner-Smith directs the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in the College of Education and runs the Applied Research Methods and Statistics lab at the Prevention Science Institute. Her current projects involve multiple meta-analyses examining the effectiveness of substance use interventions and treatments for youth; a pilot study exploring the effectiveness of collegiate recovery programs; a data development project aimed at identifying school, neighborhood, and contextual factors that inhibit or promote student well-being; and a project to support the statistical and methodological standards of the U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse.