Paul Smokowski

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Dr. Smokowski currently serves as Director of Research,, Development, and Community Impact for the North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center (, a non-profit agency he founded to serve rural areas of North Carolina. He is also Senior Fellow at Research Making Change (RMC Research) Corp. Dr. Smokowski has been a Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Arizona State University, and the University of Kansas and has an interdisciplinary background in social welfare, child development, and public health. Dr. Smokowski’s research teams have had more than fifteen million dollars worth of federal funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. As a prolific author, he has published more than 120 articles and book chapters on issues related to risk, resilience, acculturation, adolescent mental health, family stress, and youth violence prevention, Dr. Smokowski has received national awards for his youth violence prevention research, such as the 2010 Collaborator’s Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and the best article of the year award from the Society for Social Work Research. He served on the National Institutes of Health’s Youth Violence Consortium, and was a member of the inaugural class of Health Protection Research Awardees funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Office of the Director. Dr. Smokowski directed the Latino Acculturation and Health Project, a multi-site longitudinal study examining youth violence risk and protective factors in Latino youth, and the Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds program for helping Latino immigrant families cope with acculturation stressors. Dr. Smokowski’s books include (1) Becoming Bicultural: Risk and Resilience in Latino Youth and (2) Bullying and Victimization Across the Lifespan; Playground Politics and Power. In his current work directing NC-YVPC (, he is guiding the implementation and evaluation of a multi-level youth violence prevention initiative in one of the most ethnically diverse impoverished rural counties in the United States.