Deborah Gorman-Smith

School of Social Service Administration

Deborah Gorman-Smith’s 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 poor urban settings. She is the principal investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of six national Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also serves as senior research fellow with the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to promote government policy based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness.

Gorman-Smith 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 received her PhD in clinical-developmental psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Gorman-Smith joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.