Ph.D. in Psychology, expert in the field of child psychology and developmental psychology.
Director of the Center of Play and Toys, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Professor, Chair of Preschool Pedagogic and Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education.

A member of the Russian Psychological Society (RPS), a member of the Association of Child Psychiatrists and Psychologists (APP), a member of the International Society of researchers of Conduct (International Society for Study Behavioral Development ISSBD), a member of two specialized dissertation councils of scientists, as well as an expert in scientific and technical sphere “Research Institute – Republican Research Scientific-Consulting Centre for Expertise.” A member of the editorial board of scientific journals “Preschool education” and “Psychological Science and Education”.
Elena Smirnova is a winner of the Russian Federation Government Prize in the field of education.