Kathleen Brewer-Smyth

Kathleen Brewer-Smith

KATHLEEN BREWER-SMYTH, PHD, RN, CRRN, FAAN

Associate Professor
 302-831-8382

Office Location:
319 McDowell Hall

Dr. Brewer-Smyth’s program of research focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), abuse throughout the lifespan, epigenetic (DNA methylation) aging acceleration, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis salivary cortisol regulation, and neurological dysfunction, especially traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related high risk behaviors and health outcomes later in life. She has published on how these variables are related to mental and general health, adult obesity, sleep, HIV risk behaviors, alcohol misuse, suicide attempts, homicide, and other violent behaviors in populations at risk, including female prison inmates and homeless women. Her work has been supported by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Foundations including the University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF).

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • MSN University of Pennsylvania, Adult Health and Illness, Neurology and Neurosurgery

Undergraduate

  • NURS 411 Current Issues in Neuroscience 
  • NURS 443 Clinical Practicum
  • NURS 312  Pathopysiology
  • NURS 362 Research
  • NURS 460 Clinical Integration Seminar
  • NURS 241 Pathopysiology

Graduate

  • NURS 668 Advanced Clinical Neuroscience 
  • NURS 609 Theory/Research
  • NURS 833 NURS SCI Special Topics
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Kafonek, K., & Koenig, H. G. (2021) Sleep Quality, Forgiveness, Religion, Spirituality, and Health of Female Abuse Victims Living in a Homeless Shelter. Nurses Christian Fellowship International Virtual World Congress, July 9-11, 2021. NCFI World Congress 2021 Summary
  • Brewer-Smyth, K. (2021) What is Forgiveness and How Might it Mitigate the Life-Long Negative Health Consequences of Abuse and other Trauma? Nurses Christian Fellowship International Virtual World Congress, July 9-11, 2021. NCFI World Congress 2021 Summary
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Koenig, H. G., Kafonek, K., Adams, T, Raine A, and Granger, D. (2020) Post-traumatic bio-behavioral rehabilitation of victims. American Academy of Nursing Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, October, 2020. https://www.academypolicyconference.com/
  • Brewer-Smyth, K., Kafonek, K., and Koenig, H. G. (2020). A Pilot Study on Sleep Quality, Forgiveness, Religion, Spirituality and General Health of Women Living in a Homeless Mission. Holistic Nursing Practice. Vol 34, No 1. https://journals.lww.com/hnpjournal/Abstract/2020/01000/A_Pilot_Study_on_Sleep_Quality,_Forgiveness,.6.aspx

 

 

Open and Affordable Teaching Materials Grant to decrease costs for students and to disseminate information about how to get the best use of library resources to find the best peer-reviewed journal articles and open affordable materials. PI: K Brewer-Smyth, 2021 - 2022

Post-traumatic neurobiology and behavior and associated epigenetic aging among adult female victims of trauma. University of Delaware SON Supplemental Grant Award, PI: K. Brewer-Smyth,  2020 – 2023

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    • Childhood Abuse, Salivary Cortisol, Alcohol Use, and Violent Behavior of Females: A Pilot Study. UD General University Research (GUR) Grant, PI: K. Brewer-Smyth  2017 – 2020.
    • Where have all the TBI patients gone? National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Award HRD-1409472 Women in STEM – University of Delaware ADVANCE mini-grant  PI: K. Brewer-Smyth  05/1/2016 – 09/1/2016

    • Childhood correlates of lifetime violent criminal behavior: An epidemiological perspective on neurodevelopment. University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies. International Travel Award,  PI: K. Brewer-Smyth, 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

    Open and Affordable Teaching Materials Grant to decrease costs for students and to disseminate information about how to get the best use of library resources to find the best peer-reviewed journal articles and open affordable materials. PI: K Brewer-Smyth, 2021 - 2022

    Post-traumatic neurobiology and behavior and associated epigenetic aging among adult female victims of trauma. University of Delaware SON Supplemental Grant Award, PI: K. Brewer-Smyth,  2020 – 2023

    • Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2014
    • American Nurses Association National Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility Advisory Committee, 2014 – 2015
    • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Doctorate-Prepared Researcher Role Award, 2013