Professor II, Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, Professor of Public Health: UMDNJ: School of Public Health
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Shirley Smoyak, a Psychiatric Nurse, Health Care Sociologist and Professor of Public Health, is a member of the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies and the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She is a faculty member in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, Health Systems & Policy Division. She has taught, in her 50 years at Rutgers, courses in nursing and the social sciences. Her research projects include stalking of clinicians and monitoring in public psychiatric hospitals. She has been Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services since 1981. Dr. Smoyak is the author of several books, many refereed journal articles, chapters, monographs and videotapes. She has lectured or been a guest professor in 50 of the States and 15 foreign countries. Dr. Smoyak has chaired the court-appointed Doe v. Klein Monitoring Committee, which oversaw Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, New Jersey. She is a Charter Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (1972) and a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1973). The AAN has awarded her the distinction of Living Legend. In 2009 she received an Honorary Sciences Doctorate from Kingston University, London, England. Dr. Smoyak is a baccalaureate graduate of the Rutgers College of Nursing (1957). She earned a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing in1959. Her doctorate, 1970, is in Sociology.