Kathleen Brewer-Smyth

Associate Professor with Tenure
School of Nursing
313 McDowell Hall


  • 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.

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

Link to CV (pdf)