Paul Smokowski, MSW, PhD., Director

Dr. Smokowski is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

Dr. Smokowski has a strong interdisciplinary background in social welfare, child development, and public health. He has conducted youth violence prevention research for the past twelve years with several million dollars worth of federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Smokowski has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on issues related to risk, resilience, acculturation, adolescent mental health, family stress, and youth violence prevention. He has received national awards for his research, such as the 2010 Collaborator’s Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, has served on the National Institutes of Health’s Youth Violence Consortium, and was a member of the inaugural class of Health Protection Research K-Awardees funded by the CDC’s Office of the Director.

With prior experience serving as the Principal Investigator on large longitudinal studies examining youth violence risk and protective factors in minority youth and conducting randomized clinical trials of community-based prevention programs, Dr. Smokowski is in an excellent position to provide leadership for the NC-ACE. He has conducted his prior work both within the Jordan Institute for Families and within the UNC IPRC, making him well positioned to bridge the two organizations. He has also been a Faculty Engaged Scholar for the Carolina Center for Public Service where he helped to increase UNC-Chapel Hill’s focus on community-based participatory research.

For more information on Dr. Smokowski, visit the UNC School of Social Work website.

For information on Dr. Smokowski’s new book, please visit Contact Magazine.

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