JUDITH R. SMITH, Ph.D., Associate Professor
BA. Antioch College; M.S.W., Adelphi University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Dr. Smith has published in several areas, always examining the interface of the individual and the larger environment. Her research uses both longitudinal quantitative and qualitative methods. She has produced several educational films that grew out of her clinical and research interests.
She is involved in two research projects on parenting, one focusing on the relationships of women in later life and their dependent adult children; the other on young homeless moms living in a one-year residence for homeless youth.
- She has published extensively on the effects of poverty on young children.
- She has done several projects that investigated the experiences of parenting on women with young children – in both impoverished and middle class communities
RECENT ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Abuse among older adults caring for a child with mental illness. (October, 2010). Paper presented at The New York State Society on Aging. White Plains, NY.
Identifying and developing gerontoligical competence: The role of the field. (March, 2009). Paper presented at the Aging Society of America. Las Vegas, NV.
My generalist class is confusing me: Students difficulties in applying generalist concepts to working with older adults. (October, 2007). Paper presented at The Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA.
Smith, J.R. (2010). Mandated employment through the eyes of an Orthodox Jewish woman (under review).
Smith, J.R. & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2003). How mothers cope when their welfare grant is cut. Social Policy Journal,1,4, 63-83.
Smith, J.R. (2002). Commitment to mothering and preference for employment: The voices of women on public assistance with young children. Journal of Children and Poverty, 8 (1), 111-126.
Smith, J.R., Broorks-Gunn, J. Kohen, D., & McCarton, C. (2001). Transitions On and Off AFDC: Implications for parenting and children’s cognitive development. Child Development, 72 (5), 1512-1533.
BECOMING A SOCIAL WORKER
Executive producer, Director and Editor.
Developing Images, 2007.
Educational film that illustrates dilemmas of beginning social work students as they engage with actual clients.
WELFARE-TO-WORK: THROUGH THE EYES OF MOTHERS
Rockland Department of Social Services, 2001.
A twenty-minute video on the experiences of mothers with young children as they transition from welfare-to-work.
THE MOTHER'S CENTER
Co-Producer, Director and Editor.
Family Service Association, 1985.
A twenty minute videotape illustrating the philosophy and implementation of a neighborhood program for young mothers.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BIRTH OF THE HUMAN INFANT
Post-Production Producer and Director.
The Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation, 1983.
A series of three films illustrating infant development within the first three years of life.