Associate Professor
School of Social Work
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Paul Smokowski’s research interests include acculturation and health in minority adolescents with a focus on Latino youth and the link between acculturation stress and aggressive behavior.  Additional research interests include intervention strategies to promote childhood resilience and reduce family stress.

Dr. Smokowski holds a PhD in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Dr. Smokowski was the co-recipient of the 2010 Collaborators’ Research Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and Sociometry.  He is a past recipient of the Faculty Engaged Scholars Fellowship awarded by the UNC Center for Public Service.