Carrol Smith, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Smith focuses her research on a well-defined group within the women's community. She works with women who have abused their female intimate partners. This type of violence is underreported but occurs with the same frequency as does violence in the heterosexual community, about one in three-four couples. Ultimately she plans to devise and intervention to help young lesbians learn non-violent behaviors.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Smith's teaching interests lie in Public Health, Qualitative Research, Violence Against Women, and Women's/Lesbian's Health.
Service / Practice
Dr. Smith serves on the Advisory Board for care of lesbian, bisexual, & transgender women at Sarah's Inn, a service provider for battered women in Oak Park, IL. She also consults with a group of funded researchers in Michigan who are examining state-wide services for intimate partner violence among LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & intersexed) people.
Dr. Smith grew up in Oklahoma and has been an RN since 1964. She has two children, a son and daughter, and two granddaughters, ages 8 and almost 13. She also owns a whippet (she's over 100 in people years), Baby Ruth, and propagates and grows gesneriads (the plant family that includes African violets, sinningias, streptocarpus, etc.) and a few orchids. She gardens organically outdoors and grows heirloom vegetables. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the movies.
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