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Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD

Dean & Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor; Principal Investigator and Director, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP)
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Areas of Expertise
Child and Youth Development
Neighborhood Social Context
Parenting and Families
Violence Prevention

Professor Deborah Gorman-Smith is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of six national Academic Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Her program of research, grounded in a public health perspective, is focused on advancing knowledge about development, risk, and prevention of aggression and violence, with specific focus on minority youth living in high burden urban communities. Gorman-Smith has been or currently is Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on several longitudinal risk and preventive intervention studies funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), CDC-P, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the William T. Grant Foundation. She has published extensively in areas related to youth violence, including the relationship between community characteristics, family functioning and aggression and violence, including partner violence and the impact of family-focused preventive interventions.

Gorman-Smith led a study for the United Nations on violence against children that provided an in-depth picture of the prevalence, nature, and causes of all forms of violence against children. Her research group put forth recommendations for consideration by Member States of the UN. She was also a member of a Study Group on Primary Prevention of Antisocial Behavior for the United Kingdom’s Department of Health.

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Reports

  • Tolan, P., Schoeny, M., Gorman-Smith, D. et al. (2020). Family Support and Connection Groups: Long-Term Benefits for Inner-City Children?. Prev Sci 21109–119. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-019-01051-z

  • Prince, D.M, Eptstein, M., Nurius, P.S., Gorman-Smith, D. & Henry, D.B. (2019). Reciprocal effects of positive future expectations to safety, and risk behavior across adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48, 54-67.

  • Charles, P., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M., Sudec, L., Tolan, P.H., and Henry, D. (2018) Fathers’ criminal behavior and involvement with children: The moderating role of family relationships. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9, 131-157.

  • Garthe, R., Gorman-Smith, D., Gregory, J., and Schoeny, M. (2018). Neighborhood concentrated disadvantage and dating violence among urban adolescents: The mediating role of neighborhood social processes. American Journal of Community Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12239

  • Patel, L., Knijin, T., Gorman-Smith, D., Hochfeld, T., Isserow, M., Garthe, R., Chiba, I., Moodley, J. & Kgaphola, I. (2018). Family contexts, child support grants and child well-being in South Africa. Programme to Support Pro-Poor Development in South African, The Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg.

  • World Report on Violence Against Children. (2007). Report of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children. Chapter 7: Violence Against Children in the Community.

  • Sagaert, S., Thomas, V., Gorman-Smith, D., Keita, G., Maton, K., Soriano, F. & Thorton, D. (2005). Toward an urban psychology: Research, action, and policy. American Psychological Association.

Chapters

  • Gorman-Smith, D. Kampfer, A., & Bromann, K. (2013). Family focused prevention and gang violence. In Prevention of Gang Violence. In T. Simon, L. Tuthill, W. Reed, N. Ritter (Eds). National Institute of Justice and Centers for Disease Control.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Vivolo, A. (2012). Developmental perspective on preventing girls’ antisocial behavior. In D.P. Farrington and B.C. Walsh (Eds). The Oxford Handbook on Crime Prevention, Oxford University Press.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Hunt, E. & Robertson, D. (2012). Fatherhood and fathering. In V.Maholmes and R. King (Eds). Understanding Children and Poverty: The Science and Ecology of Early Development: Oxford University Press.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H., Henry, D., Quintana, E., & Lutovsky, K. (2007). The SAFE Children Prevention Program. In P. Tolan, J. Szapocznik, & S. Sombrano (Eds.), Developmental approaches to prevention of substance abuse and related problems. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H. & Henry, D. B. (2006). Promoting resilience in the inner-city: Families as a venue for protection, support and opportunity. In R. Peters, B. Leadbeater, & R. McMahon (Eds). Resilience in children, families, and communities: Linking theory with practice and policy. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  • Kamon, J., Tolan, P.H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2006). Interventions for adolescent psychopathology: Linking treatment and prevention. In D. Wolfe & E. Mash (Eds.), Behavioral and emotional disorders in adolescents. (pp. 56-90) New York: Guilford Press.

  • Tolan, P.H., Sherrod, L., Gorman-Smith, D., & Henry, D. (2003). Building protection, support, and opportunity for inner-city youth and their families. In K. Maton, B. Leadbeater, & A. Solaraz (Eds.), Positive youth development: Research and policy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Assoc.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. (2003). Prevention of antisocial behavior in females. In D. P. Farrington and J. Coid (Eds.), Primary prevention of antisocial behavior. (pp. 292-317) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. (2003). The ecology of community and neighborhood and risk for antisocial behavior. In C. Essau (Ed.), Conduct disorders: risk and intervention. (pp.117-136) New York: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., & Tolan, P.H. (2003). Positive adaptation among youth exposed to community violence. In S. S. Luthar (Ed.), Resilience and Vulnerability: Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities (pp. 392-413) New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Capaldi, D. & Gorman-Smith, D. (2003). Physical and psychological aggression in young adult couples. In Florsheim, P. (Ed.). Adolescent romance and sexual behavior: Theory, research and practical implications. (pp. 243-278) New York: LEA Associates.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P. H., & Henry, D. (1999). The relation of community and family to risk among urban-poor adolescents. In P. Cohen, L. Robins, & C. Slomkowski (Eds.), Where and when: Influence of historical time and place on aspects of psychopathology. (pp. 349-367). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

  • Leventhal, A., Gorman-Smith, D. & Tolan, P.H. (1999). Urban violence. In L. Kurtz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Violence, peace, and conflict (pp. U2-1-U2-7). San Diego: Academic Press.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Avery, L. (1998). Family factors and youth violence. In D. J. Flannery and C. R. Huff (Eds.) Youth violence: Prevention, intervention and social policy. American Psychiatric Press.

  • Tolan, P.H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (1998). Development of serious, violent and chronic offenders. In R. Loeber & D. Farrington (Eds.). Never to early, never to late: Serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. (pp. 68-65) Beverly Hills, CA: Sage

  • Tolan, P.H., Quintana, E. & Gorman-Smith, D. (1998). Prevention approaches for families. In L. L’Abate (Ed.). Family psychopathology: The relational roots of dysfunctional behavior. (pp. 379-400). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (1997). Treatment of juvenile delinquency: Between punishment and therapy. In D. Stoff, J. Brieling, & J. D. Maser (Eds.), Handbook of antisocial behavior, (pp. 405-415). New York: John Wiley.

  • Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (1997). Families and development of urban children. In H. J. Walberg, O. Reyes & R. P. Weissberg (Eds.), Urban children and youth: Interdisciplinary perspectives on policies and programs (pp. 67-91). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

  • Schwartz, R. C. & Gorman-Smith, D. (1997). Internal Family Systems Model. In M. Nichols & R. C. Schwartz, Cutting edge of family therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Matson, J. L. (1992). Sexual abuse and persons with developmental disabilities. In O'Donohue, W.T. and Geer, A. (Eds). The sexual abuse of children: Theory, research, and therapy 12, (pp. 285-306). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence-Erlbaum Assn.

Journal Articles (Peer reviewed)

  • Irsheid, S.B., Garthe, R.C., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M. (2021). The Implications of Executive Functioning on Community Adversity and Violence and Mental Health Outcomes. Youth & Society. doi:10.1177/0044118X211053026

  • Kingston, B., Zimmerman, M., Wendel, M., Gorman-Smith, D., Wright-Kelly, E., Mattson, S., and Trudeau, A. (2021): Developing and Implementing Community-Level Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence in the United States American Journal of Public Health 111, S20_S24,https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306281

  • Nation, M., Chapman, D., Edmonds, T., Cosey-Gay, F., Jackson,  T., Marshall, K., Gorman-Smith, D., Sullivan, T., and Trudeau, A. (2021): Social and Structural Determinants of Health and Youth Violence: Shifting the Paradigm of Youth Violence Prevention American Journal of Public Health 111, S28_S31,https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306234

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Bechhoefer, D., Cosey-Gay, F., Kingston, B., Nation, M., Vagi, K., Villamar, J., and Zimmerman, M. (2021): A Model for Effective Community-Academic Partnerships for Youth Violence Prevention American Journal of Public Health 111, S25_S27,https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306280

  • Garthe, R., Gorman-Smith, D., Gregory, J. & Schoeny, M. (2018). Neighborhood concentrated disadvantage and dating violence among urban adolescents: The mediating role of neighborhood social processes. American Journal of Community Psychology, DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12239

  • Charles, P., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M., Sudec, L., Tolan, P.H. & Henry, D. (2018) Fathers’ criminal behavior and involvement with children: The moderating role of family relationships. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9, 131-157.

  • Elsaesser, C., Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D.B. & Schoeny, M. (2017). The longitudinal relation between community violence and academic engagement during adolescence: Exploring families’ protective role. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-22.

  • Henry, D., Tolan, P., Gorman-Smith, D., & Schoeny, M. (2017). Alternatives to randomized control trial designs for community-based prevention evaluation. Prevention Science, 18, 671-680.

  • Massetti, G. M., Simon, T. R., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2016). Methodological and design considerations in evaluating the impact of prevention programs on violence and related health outcomes. Prevention Science, 17(7), 779-784.

  • Prince, D. M., Epstein, M., Nurius, P. S., Gorman-Smith, D., & Henry, D. B. (2016). Reciprocal effects of positive future expectations, threats to safety, and risk behavior across adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-14.

  • Burt, S. A., Klump, K. L., Gorman-Smith, D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2016). Neighborhood Disadvantage Alters the Origins of Children’s Nonaggressive Conduct Problems. Clinical psychological science, 4(3), 511-526.

  • Charles, P., Spielfogel, J., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M., Henry, D., & Tolan, P. (2016). Disagreement in Parental Reports of Father Involvement. Journal of Family Issues, 0192513X16644639.

  • Logan, J. E., Vagi, K. J., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2016). Characteristics of youth with combined histories of violent behavior, suicidal ideation or behavior, and gun-carrying. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 37(6), 402.

  • Massetti, G.M., Holland, K.M, & Gorman-Smith, D. (2016). Implementation measurement ofevidence-based violence prevention programs in communities. Journal of Community Health, 1-14, DOI 10.1007/s10900-016-0156-z

  • Prince, D.M., Epstein, M., Nurius, P.S., Kin, K., Gorman-Smith, D. & Henry, D. B. (2016). Assessing future expectations of low-income minority young men: Survival-threats and positive expectations, Journal of Child and Family Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0384-y

  • Massetti, G.M., Holland, K.M, & Gorman-Smith, D. (2016). Implementation measurement of evidence-based violence prevention programs in communities. Journal of Community Health, 1-14, DOI 10.1007/s10900-016-0156-z

  • Prince, D.M., Epstein, M., Nurius, P.S., Kin, K., Gorman-Smith, D. & Henry, D. B. (2016). Assessing future expectations of low-income minority young men: Survival-threats and positive expectations, Journal of Child and Family Studies, DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0384-y

  • Hawkins, J. D., Jenson, J. M., Catalano, R. F., Fraser, M. W., Botvin, G. J., Shapiro, V., ... & Gorman-Smith, D. Rotheram-Borus, M. J. (2015). Unleashing the power of prevention. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

  • Burt, S. A., Klump, K. L., Kashy, D. A., Gorman-Smith, D., & Neiderhiser, J. M. (2015). Neighborhood as a predictor of non-aggressive, but not aggressive, antisocial behaviors in adulthood. Psychological medicine, 1-11.

  • Gottfredson, D. C., Cook, T. D., Gardner, F. E., Gorman-Smith, D., Howe, G. W., Sandler, I. N., & Zafft, K. M. (2015). Standards of evidence for efficacy, effectiveness, and scale-up research in prevention science: Next generation. Prevention Science, 1-34.

  • Charles, P., Gorman-Smith, D., & Jones, A. (2015). Designing an intervention to promote child development among fathers with antisocial behavior. Research on Social Work Practice, 1049731515580440.

  • David-Ferdon, C., Simon, T. R., Spivak, H., Gorman-Smith, D., Savannah, S. B., Listenbee, R. L., & Iskander, J. (2015). CDC grand rounds: preventing youth violence. MMWR: Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 64, 171-174.

  • Henry, D., Gorman-Smith, D., Schoeny, M., & Tolan, P. (2014). “Neighborhood Matters”: Assessment of Neighborhood Social Processes. American journal of community psychology, 54(3-4), 187-204. 

  • Fowler, P. J., Henry, D. B., Schoeny, M., Gorman-Smith, D., & Tolan, P. H. (2014). Effects of the SAFE Children preventive intervention on developmental trajectories of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms. Development and psychopathology, 26(4pt1), 1161-1179.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Feig, L., Cosey-Gay, F. & Coeling, M. (2014). Strengthening families and communities to prevention youth violence: A public health approach. Children’s Law Journal.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2014). Implementation and process effects on prevention outcomes for middle school students. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 473-485.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2013). The moderating role of developmental microsystems in selective preventive intervention effects on aggression and victimization of aggressive and socially-influential students. Prevention Science, 14, 390-399.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2013). Moderating effects of school climate on outcomes for the Multisite Violence Prevention Project Universal Program. Journal of Research on Adolescence, DOI: 10.1111/jora.12073

  • Elaesser, C., Gorman-Smith, D. & Henry, D.B. (2013). The role of the school environment in relational aggression and victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 235-249

  • Matjesko, J., Vivolo-Kantor, A., Henry, D.B., Gorman-Smith, D. & Schoeny, M. (2013). The relationship between a family-focused preventive intervention, parenting practices, and exposure to violence during the transition to adolescence: Testing a mediational model. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 22, 45-66.

  • Henry, D. B., Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D. & Schoeny, M. (2012). Risk and protective factors for youth violence: Results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s multi-site violence prevention project. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43, 67-75.

  • Hagerich, T.M., Gorman-Smith, D., Wiebe, D.J., & Yonas, M. (2010). Advancing research in youth violence prevention to inform evidence-based policy and practice, Injury Prevention, 16, 358-359.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2010). Universal versus selective approaches to school-based violence prevention: A randomized trial of ecological effects on middle school students. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 526-542.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D.B., & Schoeny, M. (2010). The effects of a booster prevention program on child behavior and family functioning: The SAFE Children program. Prevention Science, 10, 287-297.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2009). The ecological effects of universal and selective violence prevention programs for middle school students: A randomized trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(3), 526-542. 

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project. (2008). Impact of a universal school-based violence (2012 prevention program on social-cognitive outcomes. Prevention Science, 9(4), 231-244.

  • Miller-Johnson, S., Gorman-Smith, D., Simon, T., Sullivan, T., Orpinas, P., & the Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2009). Parent and peer predictors of physical dating violence perpetration in early adolescence: Tests of moderation and gender differences. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 538-550.

  • Simon, T., Miller-Johnson, S., Gorman-Smith, D., Sullivan, T., Orpinas, P. & the Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2009). Rates of violence perpetration and victimization among young adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence.

  • Sheidow, A., J., Strachan, M.K., Minden, J.A., Henry, D.B., Tolan, P.H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2008). The relation of antisocial behavior patterns and changes in internalizing symptoms for a same of inner-city youth: Co-morbidity within a developmental framework. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

  • Brady, S.S., Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D., & Tolan, P.H. (2008). Adaptive coping reduces the impact of community violence exposure on violent behavior among African American and Latino male adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 105-115.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2008). Impact of a universal school-based violence prevention program on social cognitive outcomes. Prevention Science, 9, 231-244.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D. Henry, D., & Schoeny, M. (2007). Prevention as one form of developmental intervention: Implications for service and training. Child and Family Policy and Practice Review, 3, 14-16.

  • Spokane, A.R., Lombard, J.L., Martinez, F., Menson, C.A., Gorman-Smith, D., et al. (2007). Indentifying streetscape features significant to well-being. Architectural Science Review, 50(3), pp. 234-345.

  • Henry, D.B., Miller-Johnson, S., Simon, T., Schoeny, M., & The Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2007). Validity of teacher nominations and ratings for selecting influential high risk students for a targeted intervention. Prevention Science, 7, 31-41.

  • Szapocznik, J., Mason, C., Lombard, J., Martinez, F., Gorman-Smith, D., Plater-Zyberk, E. (2006). The impact of the built environment on school outcomes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38, 299-310.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., & Henry, D.B. (2006). Family Violence. In S.T. Fiske, A.E. Kazdin, & D. Schacter (Eds.), Annual Review of Psychology, 57, 550-583.

  • Henry, D.B., Miller-Johnson, S., Simon, T., Schoeny, M., & the Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2006). Validity of teacher nominations and ratings for selecting influential high risk students for a targeted intervention. Prevention Science, 7, 31-41.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., & Loeber, R. (2005). Are developmental pathways in disruptive behaviors the same for girls and boys? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 14, 15-27.

  • Henry, D.B., Tolan, P.H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2005). Clustering methods in family psychology research. Journal of Family Psychology, 19, 121-132.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D.B. & Tolan, P.H. (2004). Exposure to community violence and violence perpetration: The protective effects of family functioning. Journal of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 439-449.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D. & Henry, D.B. (2004). Supporting families in high-risk settings: Proximal effects of the SAFE children prevention program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 855-869.

  • Henry, D. B., Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2004). Were there lasting effects associated with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks among inner-city parents and children? Journal of Professional Psychology Research & Practice, 35, 542-547.

  • Henry, D.B., Farrell, A.D., & The Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). The study designed by a committee: Design of the Multisite Violence Prevention Project. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 12-19.

  • Meyer, A.L., Allison, K.W., Reese, L.E., Gay, F.N., & The Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). Choosing to be violence free in middle school: The student component of the GREAT schools and families universal program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 20-28.

  • Miller-Johnson, S., Sullivan, T.N., Simon, T.R., & The Mutisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). Evaluating the Impact of Interventions in the Multisite Violence Prevention study: Samples, Procedures, and Measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 48-61.

  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). The Multisite Violence Prevention Project: Background and overview. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 3-11.
  • Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). Lessons learned in the Multisite Violence Prevention Project collaboration: Big questions require large efforts. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 62-71.
  • Orpinas, P., Horne, A.M., & The Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). A teacher-focused approach to prevent and reduce students’ aggressive behavior: The GREAT teacher program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 29-38.
  • Smith, E.P., Gorman-Smith, D., Quinn, W., Rabiner, D., Tolan, P.H., & Winn, D-M., & The Multisite Violence Prevention Project (2004). Community-based multiple family groups to prevent and reduce violent and aggressive behavior: The GREAT families program. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26, 39-47.
  • Metropolitan Area Child Study Group and Gorman-Smith, D. (2003). Effects of teacher training and consultation on teacher behavior toward students at high risk for aggression. Behavior Therapy.
  • Tolan, P.H. & Gorman-Smith, D. (2003). What violence prevention can tell us about developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 14, 713-729.
  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D.B. (2003). Developmental ecology of urban males’ youth violence. Developmental Psychology, 39, 274-291.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H., Henry, D., Leventhal, A., Schoeny, M., Lutovsky, Kelly and Quintana, E. (2002). Predictors of participation in a family focused preventive-intervention for substance use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16, S55-S64.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P. H. & Sheidow, A. (2002). Partner and street violence among urban adolescents: Do the same family factors relate? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 11, 273-295.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D, & Henry D.B., (2002). Linking family violence to delinquency across generations. Children’s Service: Social Policy, Research & Practice. 5, 273-284.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., Henry, D., Hunt, M., & Chung, K. (2002). The structure of coping of inner-city adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 11, 273-295.

  •  Henry, D.B., Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D. (2001). Longitudinal family and peer group effects on violence and nonviolent delinquency. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 30, 172-186. 

  • Sheidow, A.J., Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H. & Henry, D. B. (2001). Family and community characteristics: Risk factors for violence exposure in inner-city youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 29, 345-360.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., and Henry, D. (2001). New study focuses on efficacy of “whole school” prevention approaches. Emotional and Behavior Disorders in Youth, 2, 5-6.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H., & Henry, D.B. (2000). A developmental-ecological model of the relation of family functioning to patterns of delinquency. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 16,169-198.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H., Henry, D.B. & Florsheim, P. (2000). Patterns of family functioning and adolescent outcomes among urban African-American and Mexican American families. Journal of Family Psychology, 14, 436-457.

  • Minden, J., Henry, D. B., Tolan, P.H. and Gorman-Smith, D. (2000). Urban boyssocial networks and school violence. Professional School Counseling, 4, 95-104.

  • Tolan, P.H., Gorman-Smith, D., & Loeber, R. (2000). Developmental timing of onsets of disruptive behaviors and later delinquency of inner-city youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 9, 203-220.

  • Miller, L., Wasserman, G., Gorman-Smith, D., & Neugebauer, R. (1999). Witnessed community violence and antisocial behavior in high-risk, urban boys. Journal of Child Clinical Psychology, 28, 2-11.

  • Florsheim, P., Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (1998). Single-parenthood, family factors and risk for behavior problems among African-American and Latino boys. Child Development, 5, 1437-1447.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Tolan, P. H. (1998) The role of exposure to violence and developmental problems among inner-city youth. Development and Psychopathology, 10, 101-116.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P.H., Loeber, R. & Henry, D. (1998). The relation of family problems to patterns of delinquent involvement among urban youth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 26, 319-333.

  • Tolan, P. H., Gorman-Smith, D., Zelli, A., & Huesmann, L. R. (1997). Assessment of family relationship characteristics: A measure to explain risk for antisocial behavior and depression in youth. Psychological Assessment, 9, 212-223.

  • Florsheim, P., Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (1996). Family processes and risk for externalizing behavior or problems among African-American and Hispanic boys. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 1222-1230.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., & Tolan, P. H. (1996). Prospects and possibilities: Next steps in sound understanding of youth violence: Response to McCord (1996), Henggeler (1996), Dakof (1996) and Kupperminc and Repucci (1996). Journal of Family Psychology, 10, 153-157.

  • Gorman-Smith, D., Tolan, P. H., Zelli, A., & Huesmann, L. R. (1996). The relation of family functioning to violence among inner-city minority youth. Journal of Family Psychology, 10, 115-129.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Matson, J. L. (1993). Abuso sexual y personas con retraso mental. Siglo Cero, 146, 5-14.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Tolan, P.H. (1992). Ethics and empirical basis of treatment of adult survivors of sexual abuse. American Family Therapy Association Newsletter, 50, 41-44.

  • Matson, J. L., Ary, D. & Gorman-Smith, D. (1986). Scholarly productivity in mental retardation. Applied Research in Mental Retardation, 7, 483-490.

  • Matson, J. L. & Gorman-Smith, D. (1986). A review of treatment research for aggressive and disruptive behavior in the mentally regarded. Applied Research in Mental Retardation, 7, 95-103.

  • Gorman-Smith, D. & Matson, J. L. (1985). A review of treatment research for self-injurious and stereotyped responding. Journal of Mental Deficiency Research, 29, 295-308.

Deborah Gorman-Smith is the Dean and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor of the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of six national Academic Centers of Excellence for Youth Violence Prevention funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gorman-Smith has served as Deputy Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School. She is also a member of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, a current Fellow and the past President for the Society for Prevention Research and has served on other national and state committees including the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control.

Gorman-Smith received her PhD in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northern Illinois University.