- Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University
- Former Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
- Member, Community Research and Implementation Core, CIRA
- Member, Qualitative Research Discussion Group
Amy B. Smoyer is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University. Her program of research examines the structural determinants of health and health disparities. Her current work focuses on the experiences of incarceration and reentry and the implications of these experiences on health outcomes, with attention to women’s health, food-related wellness, and HIV care and prevention.
A 2014 Fulbright Scholar, Amy spent two months in Denmark teaching and conducting research about Danish prison food systems. She is the Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods CIRA-funded pilot study about the prison food experiences of incarcerated people with HIV in Rhode Island, the prevalence of overweight/obesity among this population, and the impact of incarceration on their weight-related health outcomes. Amy’s collaborative work also includes contributing to the analysis of data collected in the SHARRPP study, a mixed-methods project about the impact of criminal justice systems on HIV risk. (PI: Kim M. Blankenship, NIDA 1R01-DA025021).
Amy has an ongoing partnership with Evergreen Family Services, a community-based program that supports men and women returning to New Haven from prison, and is an active resident of the city's Fair Haven Heights neighborhood.
CIRA Affiliated Projects:
Smoyer, A. B. (2015). Making Fatty Girl cakes: Food and resistance in a women’s prison. The Prison Journal.
Smoyer, A.B. (2014). Feeding relationships: Food and social networks in a women’s prison. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30 (1), 26-39. doi: 10.1177/0886109914537490
Smoyer, A.B. (2014). Good & Healthy: Foodways and construction of identity in a women’s prison. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53 (5), 525-541. doi: 10.1111/hojo.12097
Smoyer, A.B. and Blankenship, K.M. (2014). Dealing Food: Female drug users’ narratives about food in a prison place and implications for their health. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 562-568. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.10.013
Smoyer, A.B., Rosenberg, A. & Blankenship, K.M. (2014). Setting the stage: Creating safe and productive data collection sites for social science research. Social Work Research, 38 (3), 178-183. doi: 10.1093/swr/svu019.
Smoyer, A.B., Blankenship, K.M., & Belt, B. (2009). Compensation for incarcerated research subjects: Diverse policies suggest research agenda. American Journal of Public Health, 99 (10), 1746-1752. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2005.0110
Blankenship, K.M., Smoyer, A.B., Bray, S.J., Mattocks, K. (2005). Black-White disparities in HIV/AIDS: The role of drug policy and the corrections system. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 16, 140–156. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.148726
- Prisons/Prison population
- Health Disparity
- Food and Nutrition