Yale University

Amy Smoyer, Ph.D.

  • 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.

Selected Publications:

Areas of Expertise:
  • Prisons/Prison population
  • Health Disparity
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Law/Policy
  • Women/Gender