Joanne Corbin, M.S.S., Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Ph.D. Program

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B.A., Wellesley College

M.S.S., Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Ph.D., Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health


Corbin’s current research and practice at Smith College focuses on the experiences of children and families affected by armed conflict in Northern Uganda. She also examines the systemic work of school social workers in public schools. Her scholarship focuses on two areas: the effect of armed conflict and displacement on children, families and communities in northern Uganda, and the role of social workers in educational decision-making in public schools.

In 2010 Corbin was appointed to the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Council on Global Learning and Practice, she was appointed as chair of the council in 2013. Corbin came to Smith College School for Social Work in 2000 from the Yale Child Study Center's School Development Program where she was the director of the Child and Adolescent Development Unit. Her work aided educators in integrating developmental theory into educational practice. She has also conducted research on parent involvement in public schools.

At Smith, Corbin is director of the Doctoral Program; she teaches research methods, provides research advising, and chairs dissertations. 

Corbin received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley, her M.S.S. from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University.

Selected Publications

Corbin, J., Hall, J.C. (2018). Resettlement post conflict: Risk and protective factors and resilience among women in northern Uganda. International Social Work. 

Corbin, J. (Ed.). (2012). Children and families affected by armed conflicts in Africa: Implications and strategies for helping professionals in the United States. Washington, D.C.: NASW Press.

Corbin, J.N. (2012). Ethical tensions and dilemmas experienced in a northern Ugandan social work internship. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(4), 817-836. doi: 10.5175/JSWE.2012.20110013

Corbin, J.N. (2011). Child soldiers. In L.M. Healy & R.J. Link (Eds.), Handbook on international social work: Human rights, development, and the global profession, (pp.154-159). New York: Oxford University Press.

Selected Presentations

Corbin, J. (2018, March). Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflict: Intersections of cultural and clinical practice. Presentation at Bill Lane Social Work Disaster Response Conference, New York, New York.

Corbin, J. (2014, July). Post conflict resettlement experiences of displaced individuals in northern Uganda.  Paper presentation at Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

Corbin, J. (2014, March). Preparing social work students to engage in social development in global contexts: A U.S.-Uganda collaboration. Paper presentation at International Social Work Conference, Kampala, Uganda.

Corbin, J. (2014, February). Culture and ethics in psychodynamic practice: Implications for clinical technique and research.  Paper presentation and Workshop at Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research, Washington, D.C.

Corbin, J. (2012, November). In concert with others: Collaborative conversations in ethics and cultural competence. Day-long workshop at Rhode Island Chapter, National Association of Social Work, Warwick, RI.