Suzanne Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Phone: (360) 546-9714
Fax: (360) 546-9076
Located in McClaskey (VMCB) 201
Support Staff: Sarah Pimentel


  • I am currently conducting qualitative research on the Hutterites to determine parenting and family relationship patterns. This research involves quality and quantity time in the field, living with participants.
  • Secondarily I am involved in a multi-state longitudinal project assessing the effects of poverty on the health and family relationships of women and children in rural areas. This is a mixed methods study to take place over a five year period. Data will also be compared to the previous wave of this project which completed in 2009.

Recent Publications

  • Smith, S.R. (2008). "Social change among the Hutterites: Romantic love and child rearing. The Hutterite Journal.
  • Smith, S.R., & Hammond, R. (2012). Exploring Family Theories. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, S.R., & Ingoldsby, B. (2009). The role of discipline in Hutterite child rearing. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal.
  • Ingoldsby, B., & Smith, S.R. (2005). Public school teachers perspectives on the contemporary Hutterite family. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36 (2), 249-265.
  • Smith, S.R., & Ingoldsby, B. (2005). Courtship and moral reasoning of Hutterian youth. Communal Societies, 25, 113-126.


  • Ph.D. - 1996 - Child and Family Development - The University Of Georgia
  • M.S. - 1992 - Family and Child Development - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.A. - 1990 - Behavioral Science - Erskine College