Joseph L. Smith

Online MSW Program Liaison, Associate Teaching Professor

Joseph L. Smith is the Online MSW Program Liaison, and Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work.

Prior to his full time faculty appointment at Syracuse University, Smith served as an adjunct faculty member in both the BSSW and MSW programs since 2010. He was very involved in online curriculum development and teaching in various content areas. Additionally, Smith comes to this position following 25 years of administrative and teaching experience as Department Chair of Chemical Dependency Counseling and Human Services at SUNY Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Joe has previously served as an MSW Research/Thesis Advisor at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. He also consults and work with NYS OASAS as a statewide trainer in the areas of Ethics, Cultural Competency, and Clinical Supervision.

Joe has practiced as a licensed clinical social worker and Master CASAC in a wide range of social work settings including adult psychiatric inpatient, substance abuse outpatient and residential, and children’s psychiatric outpatient programs. Joe has interests in trauma informed and evidence based strategies, psychodynamic interventions, and culturally responsive practice.


Ph.D Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work (2006)

MSW Syracuse University (1991)

B.S. Psychology, Utica College (1987)


Child psychopathology, assessing/treating co-occurring disorders, culturally responsive practice, evidence based practice with families, clinical supervision, substance abuse prevention, clinical practice evaluation


SWK 662 Applied Research in Social Work

SWK 724 Psychopathology

SWK 781 Alcohol & Other Drugs in Social Work Practice