Joshua Miller, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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Contact Information

Lilly Hall 315


Disaster Response Resources
compiled by Joshua Miller, Ph.D. and Peggy O'Neill, Ph.D.


B.A., Clark University

M.S.W., University of Washington

Ph.D., University of Connecticut School of Family Studies


The third edition of Joshua Miller’s co-authored book, Racism in the United States: Implications for Social Work Practice was published in 2022. He also will be working on a book Psychosocial Responses to sociopolitical targeting, oppression and violence, which he hopes to complete in 2022. He is the author of Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. 

In addition to his academic work, Miller has responded to, consulted to and written about many disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Aurora shootings, the Asian tsunami, the Haitian earthquake, armed conflict in Northern Uganda, the Sichuan Province earthquake in China, flooding in Calgary, the Boston Marathon bombing and the elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn. He volunteers for a team that offers crisis intervention responses to firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians after tragedies; is a clinician with the Crisis Care Network; and partners with local NGOs when responding to major disasters internationally.

Prior to teaching, Miller spent 20 years as a community organizer, family therapist, group worker and researcher, and was the director of public and private nonprofit child and family welfare agencies.

At Smith, Miller teaches M.S.W. courses on psychosocial responses to disasters as well as a course about integrating positive psychology into clinical practice. He co-facilitates a seminar for professors during the summer and field seminar leaders during the academic year called Pedagogy and Diversity. Miller works with undergraduate students who have DACA status or are undocumented, as well as supporting asylum seekers. 

Selected Publications

Xie, Q., & Miller, J. (2018). Perceptions of Intra-familial child abuse and Intimate parent-child interactions. Asian Journal of Social Work, 3(2), e-ISSN : 0128-1577.

Miller, J., & Pescaroli, G. (2018) Psychosocial capacity building in response to cascading disasters: A culturally informed approach. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Miller, J. & Wang, X. (2017). When there are no therapists: A psychoeducational group for people who have experienced social disasters. Smith College Studies in Social Work

Miller, J. & Garran, A.M. (2017). Racism in the United States: Implications for the helping professions (2 nd ed.) NY: Springer Publishing.

Miller, J. (2015).  When the unimaginable happens: Helping children and families to heal from school shootings.  In N. B. Webb (Ed.).  Play therapy with children and adolescents in crisis: Treatments for stress, anxiety and trauma (4th ed.). NY: Guilford Press.

O’Neill, P. & Miller, J. (2015).  Hand in glove: How the curriculum promotes an antiracism commitment. Smith Studies in Social Work.

Gelman, C., Garran, A.M., Aymer, S. & Miller, J. (2015).  Team teaching: Challenges and opportunitiesSocial Work Education: The International Journal.

Miller, J. (2013).  Disasters and Mental Health.  In M. Shally-Jensen (Ed.).  Mental health care issues in America: An Encyclopedia (pp. 193-202).  Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO

Miller, J. (2012). Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters.  NY: Columbia University Press.

Park, Y., Miller, J. & Chau, B. (2010).  “Everything has changed”: Narratives of the Vietnamese-American community in Biloxi, Mississippi. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, XXXVII(3),  79-105.