Deborah Smith (she/her)

Deborah  Smith
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Manheim 206B
Families; Retirement; Evaluation; Research methods; Parenting


Dr. Deborah B. Smith teaches courses on Lifespan Development, Families and the Life Course, and Research Methods. Dr. Smith has published scholarly articles on a range of work & family topics including spousal influence on the decision to retire from a career job, Minnesota farm women's labor force participation, and Missouri social service workers' job satisfaction. She has recently been Principal or Co-Investigator for evaluations of three worker training programs and has published the results of these projects in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Smith has been quoted about family issues in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Kansas City Star and provided expert commentary for National Public Radio. Dr. Smith has published on a range of work & family topics. Her scholarly articles appear in Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband.


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, 1996
M.A., Family Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, 1992
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, 1988