Kathleen Maurer Smith, Ph. D.

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    Molloy College is a very special place that emphasizes academic excellence and provides a strong sense of community.  As a Molloy graduate myself, I found that the College prepared me well for success in graduate school and in my career.  I attribute this to the broad liberal arts education I received at Molloy as well as the firm foundation in research and scholarship that was provided in my major area of study.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to return to Molloy to teach Sociology and later serve as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, so that I may be part of the College's efforts to provide the same excellent educational opportunities for present and future generations of students that I was fortunate enough to receive.

  • Academic Interests
    • Marriage and the Family
    • Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
    • Sociology of Death and Dying
    • Stigma and Mental Illness
  • What I am working on

    I am in the process of revising a book I have been writing entitled: What's Right With the Family:  How a Positive Approach Can Enhance Family Life in the 21st Century.

  • Educational Background

    Ph.D. Sociology - City University of New York
    Dissertation Title: "Families of Recovering Women Alcoholics: A Qualitative Analysis of Roles, Rules, and Rituals"

    M.A. Sociology - Adelphi University
    Thesis Title: "Variations in Homogeneity, Self-disclosure, and Closeness in Same-Sex and Cross-Sex Friendship Dyads"

    B.A. Sociology - Molloy College

  • Additional Information

    I was a founding member of the Community Research Institute at Molloy College which was established in 1987 and I have served as Co-Director of CRI which has been involved in more than 40 research projects during that time.  Some of these projects were with community partners while others consisted of assisting Molloy faculty with their research.  I am also Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Molloy College.

  • Publications/Presentations

    Feeg, V.D., Smith, K.M., Cullinan, M., Prager, L.S., and Moylan, L.B. (2014).  Predictors of mental illness stigma and attitudes among college students: Using vignettes from a campus common reading program. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35:694-703.

    Sapir, S. G. & Smith, K.M. (1992). The role of the International Council of Psychologists at the United Nations.  In U. P. Gielen, L. L. Adler, & N. A. Milgram, (Eds.),  Psychology in international perspective (pp. 19-29).  Lisse, The Netherlands: Swet and Zeitlinger.

    Denmark, F. L., Schwartz, L., & Smith, K.M. (1991).Women in the United States of America and Canada.  In L. L. Adler, (Ed.), Women in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 1-18). New York: Praeger Publishers.

    Smith, K.M. & Spinrad, W. (1981). The popular political mood. Social Policy (pp. 37-45), March/April.

    Recent Scholarly Presentations: Feeg, V.D., Smith, K.M. Cullinan, M.B., Dries, S., & Sardinia-Prager, L.A. (2012). Impact of a campus intervention to reduce mental illness stigma. Paper Session at Eastern Nursing Research Society: Twenty-Fourth Annual Scientific Sessions in New Haven, CT

    Feeg, V.D., Smith, K.M., Cullinan, M.B., Dries, S., & Sardinia-Prager, L.A. (2011). Mental illness "stigma" perceptions and attitudes: Predictors and impact of a campus "common reading" program. Podium presentation at SUNY Stony Brook Converging Science Summit in Stony Brook, NY.

    Feeg, V. D., Cullinan, M. B., & Smith, K.M. (2011). Predictors of mental illness "stigma"perceptions and attitudes among college students: A descriptive analysis. Poster presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Society: Twenty-Third Annual Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, PA.