Kathleen Brewer-Smyth

Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing

University of Delaware

College of Health and Nursing Sciences
McDowell Hall
Newark, DE 19716

Email: kbsmyth@udel.edu
Phone: (302) 831-8382
Fax: (302) 831-2382

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NIH T32 NR07036 Psychosocial Oncology, HIV/AIDS, University of Pennsylvania, 2001- 2003
    PhD, Nursing with fields of study in Epidemiology, Forensics, and Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 2001.
    Master of Science in Nursing, Neuroscience Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1985

Research Overview:

My research has evolved as a result of my clinical experience that has been primarily in neuroscience nursing in rehabilitation, critical care, and outpatient settings. My research has focused on neurological and neuroendocrine correlates of violent and other high risk behaviors of female prison inmates. Current work investigates neurological function, HIV transmission risk, and the effects of HIV on the central nervous system of female prison inmates. The research incorporates concepts of neuroepidemiology, neurorehabilitation, and behavioral neurology. Broad research interests include health promotion and disease prevention specifically related to preventing cognitive and general neurological decline in populations at risk including female prison inmates. Studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, University of Delaware Research Foundation, University of Delaware General University Research Fund, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation, and the Baxter Foundation.