University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2008 for Excellence in Research.

Carolyn SmithCarolyn Smith, Social Welfare

Professor Carolyn Smith received her PhD in Criminal Justice from UAlbany in 1991, and is currently a Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Professor Smith's research focuses primarily on issues related to family problems, poverty, crime, and child maltreatment. She is a leading authority on the influence of childhood experiences on later-life delinquency. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of social work, sociology, criminology, and psychology. Currently, she is conducting groundbreaking studies on intergenerational patterns of parenting and consequences for children. Her work on the life course consequences of child maltreatment is influencing public policy and professional practice. She has published widely and in the most prestigious, selective journals of social work. She is highly respected for her ability to produce research that combines exemplary theoretical grounding and conceptual frameworks with statistically sophisticated analytical techniques. She has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on federal research grants totaling over $11 million. In addition to her research, Professor Smith chairs the social welfare Ph.D. program and mentors many doctoral students and junior faculty.

Excellence in Research

Pradeep Haldar Lawrence Schell Carolyn Smith Dan Willard

Nanoscale Science & Engineering


Social Welfare
Dan Willard
Computer Science

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