Kathleen Brewer-Smyth

  • Associate Professor
    School of Nursing
    313 McDowell Hall
    302-831-8382
    kbsmyth@udel.edu

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD University of Pennsylvania
  • MSN University of Pennsylvania, Adult Health and Illness, Neurology and Neurosurgery

Research Interests

  • Childhood trauma, neurological, neuropsychological, and neuroendocrine correlates of violent and other high risk behaviors of females at risk.
  • Historical aspects of health and illness focused mainly on neurological and other mental health from the 18th to 21st century.
  • Neurological rehabilitation after physical and emotional trauma.
  • Preventing neurological decline in populations at risk.

Recent Publications

  1. Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pohlig, R. T. (2016). Childhood adversity and mental health correlates of obesity in a population at risk. Journal of Correctional Health Care, Volume 22, 4
  2. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2016) Suicidal women who commit homicide and other violent crimes, oral platform presentation, Counsel for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) State of the Science Congress, Washington DC.
  3. Brewer-Smyth, K. & Pohlig, R. T. (2016) Females who commit violent crimes while under the influence of alcohol, oral platform presentation, Counsel for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) State of the Science Congress, Washington DC.
  4. Brewer-Smyth, K., Pohlig, R. T. & Bucurescu, G. (2016). Female children with incarcerated adult family members at risk for life-long neurological decline. Health Care for Women International, 37(7-9)  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2016.1140768http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26788781Published on-line ahead of print: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/mfVpa8ujqGqxZt8nfchR/full
Past Publications

1. Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pickelsimer, E. (2015). Childhood Adversity, Mental Health, and Violent Crime, Journal of Forensic Nursing 11(1) 4-14. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000062. PMID: 25695207

2. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2014). Obesity, traumatic brain injury, childhood abuse, and suicide attempts in females at risk. Rehabilitation Nursing 39(4) 183 – 191 DOI: 10.1002/rnj.150 Continuing education credits available from this article PMID: 24668743

3. Brewer-Smyth, K. & Koenig, H. (2014). Could spirituality and religion promote stress resilience in survivors of childhood trauma? Issues in Mental Health Nursing 35(4). DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2013.873101 PMID: 24702209

4. Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pickelsimer, E. (2013). Correlates of Childhood Sexual Abuse in a Population at Risk. Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Nursing Research. 62(2): E7-E7.

5. Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pickelsimer, E. (2013). Correlates of Violent Criminal Behavior in a Population at Risk. Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Nursing Research. 62(2): E114-E114

6. Brewer-Smyth, K (2013). Adult obesity and history of childhood physical and sexual abuse, suicide attempts, traumatic brain injuries, and smoking in adult females. Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Nursing Research. 62(2): E113-E113

7. Brewer-Smyth K. (2012). Lessons from the Super Bowl. RNL Reflections on Nursing Leadership. Highlighted Features. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. 38(1) http://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/Pages/Vol38_1_Brewer-Smyth.aspx

8. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2010). Neurobiological relationships with suicidal and homicidal behaviors of females. Abstract, University of Pennsylvania Compendium of Injury Science Research, http://www.cphi.upenn.edu/user_documents/injurysciencepacket.pdf

9. Brewer-Smyth, K., Bucurescu, G., & Kolson, D. (2010). Preventing Neurological Decline in Women at Risk. Abstract, University of Pennsylvania Compendium of Injury Science Research, http://www.cphi.upenn.edu/user_documents/injurysciencepacket.pdf

10. Brewer-Smyth, K., Jackson, M, & Aggeles (Updated 2010). Preventing violence in the health care setting. Nurse.com

11. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2009) Neurobiological relationships with suicidal and homicidal behaviors of females. Abstract, American Public Health Association, http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper209107.html

12. Brewer-Smyth, K., Bucurescu, G., & Kolson, D.L. (2009) Preventing Neurological Decline in Women at Risk. Abstract, Journal of Women's Health. 18(5): 746.

13. Brewer-Smyth, K. & Burgess, A.W. (2008). Childhood sexual abuse by a family member, salivary cortisol, and homicidal behavior of female prison inmates. Nursing Research, 57(3), 166-174.

14. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2008). Ethical, regulatory, and investigator considerations in prison research. Advances in Nursing Science, 31(2) 119-127.

15. Brewer-Smyth, K., Bucurescu, G, Shults, J., Metzger, D., Sacktor, N., van Gorp, W., Kolson, D.L. (2007). Neurological function and HIV risk behaviors of female prison inmates. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 39(6), 361-372.

16. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2007). Ethical and legal considerations in prison research and practice. Global Research Issues, Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Biennial Convention, Baltimore, Maryland http://stti.confex.com/stti/bc39/techprogram/paper_35386.htm

17. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2007). Dietary and environmental influences on brain function: Applications for the general public, Health Promotion Initiatives, Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Biennial Convention, Baltimore, MD http://stti.confex.com/stti/bc39/techprogram/paper_35385.htm

18. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2006). Neurological correlates of high risk behavior: A case study of Alfonse Capone. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 38 (6) 442-446. Honorable Mention Writing Award, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

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20. Brewer-Smyth, K (2005) Neurological Function and HIV in Female Prison Inmates, Sixteenth International Nursing Research Congress Abstract, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Hawaii, http://stti.confex.com/stti/inrc16/techprogram/paper_19659.htm

21. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2005) Women behind bars: The challenge to care. Journal of Christian Nursing, 22(2) 30-33.

22. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2004) Women behind bars: Could neurobiological correlates of past physical and sexual abuse contribute to criminal behavior? Health Care for Women International, 25(9) 835-852.

23. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2004) Neurorehabilitation nursing research behind bars: The lived experience. Rehabilitation Nursing, 29(3), 75-76, writing award, second place.

24. Brewer-Smyth, K., Burgess, A. W., Shults, J. (2004) Physical and sexual abuse, salivary cortisol, and neurologic correlates of violent criminal behavior of female prison inmates. Biological Psychiatry, 55(1) pp 21-31. PMID: 14706421

25. Brewer-Smyth, K., Burgess, A. W. & Shults, J. (2002). High-Risk Behaviors of Female Prison Inmates and their Correlates, Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, State of the Science Congress, Washington, DC, http://stti.confex.com/stti/sos13/techprogram/paper_12123.htm

26. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2001). Neurological and Neuroendocrine Correlates of Criminal Behavior of Female Prison Inmates. Abstract Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 15(1).

27. Brewer-Smyth, K. (2001). Neurologic and neuroendocrine correlates of violent criminal behavior of female prison inmates. University of Pennsylvania, UMI Dissertation Services: A Bell and Howell Company: Ann Arbor, MI: http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI3003603/

Funding

  • International Travel Award – UD Institute for Global Studies 2014
  • The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among Incarcerated Persons (U49) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control U49 CE001318 9/07-9/12
  • Co-I, Technical Oversight Committee (TOC)
  • PI: E. Pickelsimer, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) Fellow 2004IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) National Institutes of Health (NIH – 2 P20 RR016472-04)
  • Neuro-Cognitive function and HIV risk in female prison inmates, Principal Investigator, Funding: University of Delaware General University Research (GUR) and University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF), 2004
  • Neurological and Neuroendocrine Correlates of high-risk behaviors for HIV transmission and other health- related decline in female prison inmates,
    Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH T32 NR07036), 6/01- 6/03

Grants

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE award HRD-1409472 Women in STEM – UD ADVANCE mini-grant to participate in and give an oral platform lecture at an international meeting: the 9th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation (WCNR) in Philadelphia, PA, May 10-13, 2016.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Fellow American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • American Nurses Association National Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility Advisory Committee, 2014 – 2015
  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) 2013 Doctorate-Prepared Researcher Role Award for contribution to Rehabilitation Nursing, ARN, Annual National Meeting, Charlotte, NC
  • Writing Award, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Honorable Mention 2008, Second place 2004
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 2005, 2008
  • Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Finalist Nurse Educator Award, Delaware Nurses Association, July, 2008
  • Writing Award, Honorable Mention, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 2006
  • Marion R. Gregory Award for the proposal that holds significant promise as a contribution to nursing knowledge, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Ann W. Burgess Distinguished Dissertation in Mental Health Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Connell Neurosurgical Writing Award, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 1992
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

Selected Presentations

Brewer-Smyth, K., American Academy of Nursing Policy Dialogue “Directions for Organizational Responses to Gender Violence: a Focus on Military and University Policies” Summary Closing Discussion representing the American Academy of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health and Substance Abuse Expert Panel, 2015 American Academy of Nursing Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, Washington DC 

Past Presentations
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., (2104) An Atypical Policy Approach to Manage the Obesity Epidemic by Addressing Childhood Sexual Abuse. American Academy of Nursing Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, Washington DC
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pickelsimer, E. (2014). Childhood correlates of lifetime violent criminal behaviour: An epidemiological perspective on neurodevelopment. Development, Functions and Disorders of the Nervous System 2014 Joint Meeting of the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience and the 5th Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference, Montreal, Canada
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Cornelius, M., & Pickelsimer, E. (2012) Why Everyone Must Understand Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Decade of Research Evidence, Delaware Health Science Alliance, 7th Annual Nursing Research Conference, CCHS. http://www.udel.edu/nrc/archive/nrc-2012/presentations.html http://www.udel.edu/nrc/archive/nrc-2012/downloads/presentations/CS7%20-%20Brewer-smith%20-%20childhood%20sexual%20abuse.pdf
  • Brewer-Smyth, K. (2008). Abuse-related injuries, neurological impairment, and suicide attempts of female prison inmates. Podium Paper Presentation, Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Brewer-Smyth, K. (2008). Childhood sexual abuse by a family member, salivary cortisol, and homicidal behavior of female prison inmates. Podium Paper Presentation, Eastern Nursing Research Society, March, 2008.
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Bucurescu, G., & Kolson, D.L. (2010) Preventing Neurological Decline in Urban Women at Risk. International Council of Women’s Health Issues
  • Brewer-Smyth, K (2006). A case study of the medical history of Alfonse Capone: Applications to current practice and research, Podium Paper Presentation, 18th Annual Scientific Sessions, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2006. http://enrs.confex.com/enrs/18am/techprogram/P1765.HTM
  • Brewer-Smyth, K, Bucurescu, G, Shults J, Kolson DL, van Gorp, W. (2005) Neurological and Neuropsychological Correlates of HIV Risk in Female Prison Inmates, poster, Seventh Annual Research Retreat, Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Brewer-Smyth, K. (2005) Neurological and Neuroendocrine Correlates of Violent and other High-Risk Behaviors: A Research Overview. Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, 37th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Washington, DC.
  • Brewer-Smyth, K. (2005). High risk behaviors of female prison inmates and their correlates. Podium Paper Presentation Abstract, Research Conference sponsored by the Delaware Nurses Association and the Beta Xi and Omicron Gamma Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses, Dover, DE