I love social work because it encompasses the whole person and the whole environment. I value not only interpersonal human relationships, but our ties to all life on Earth.
Ph.D., Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
Master in Social Work
University of Washington, 1994
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and History
Albion College, Albion, MI, 1988
Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, 2011–Present
Adjunct Instructor, University of Minnesota, 2001–2002
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995–2001
Nesmith, A., Patton, R., Christophersen, K., & Smart, C. (2015). "Promoting Quality Parent-Child Visits: The Power of Relational Connections between Foster and Birth Parents." Child & Family Social Work. DOI:10.1111/cfs.12230
Nesmith, A. (2014). "Factors Influencing the Regularity of Parental Visits with Children in Foster Care." Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-014-0360-6
Nesmith, A. & Christophersen, K. (2014). "Smoothing the Transition to Adulthood: Creating Ongoing Supportive Relationships among Foster Youth." Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.11.028
Nesmith, A. (2013). "Parent–Child Visits in Foster Care: Reaching Shared Goals and Expectations to Better Prepare Children and Parents for Visits." Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30(3), 237-255. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-012-0287-8
Smyth, N., Garcia, H., & Nesmith, A. (2013). "The power of social work students: A call to action on violence against women." The New Social Worker, 20 (4), 16-17.
Nesmith, A. & Ruhland, E. (2011). "Caregivers of children with incarcerated parents." The Open Family Studies Journal, 4, 105-116.
Nesmith, A. & Ruhland, E. (2008). "Children of incarcerated parents: Challenges and resiliency, in their own words." Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 1119-1130.
Nesmith, A. (2006). "Factors predicting running away from family foster care." Child Welfare, 85(3), 585-610.
Courtney, M.E., Piliavin, I., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Nesmith, A. (2002). "Foster youth transitions to adulthood: A longitudinal view of youth leaving care." Child Welfare, 80(6) 685-717.
Nesmith, A., Burton, D., & Cosgrove, T.J. (1999). "Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and young adults: Social support in their own words." Journal of Homosexuality, 37(1), 95-108.
Burton, D., Nesmith, A., & Badten, L. (1997). "Clinicians’ views on sexually aggressive children and their families: A theoretical exploration." Child Abuse & Neglect, 21(2), 157-170.
Nesmith, A., Hill, K., & Smyth, N. (2015). "Integrating environmental justice and advocacy into social work education and practice." Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Social Services Association Annual Training Conference.
Nesmith, A. (2015). "Environmental Justice and Social Work Practice: A Case for Integrated Curricular Content." Kansas City, MO: Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Director’s Conference.
Nesmith, A. & Riebel, J. (2014). "Listening to Youth." Minneapolis, MN: International Social Work Conference.
Hill, K., Nesmith, A., Koester, S., & Christophersen, K. (2014). "Fostering Lasting Relationships for Youth in Out-of-Home Placement." Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota Social Services Association 121st Annual Training Conference.
Nesmith, A. (2013). "Evaluating Supportive Relationships for Youth Aging out of Foster Care." Dallas, TX: Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting.
Nesmith, A. (2013). "Foster Youth Transitions to Adulthood." Presentation to the Social Work Faculty, Continuing Education Salon.
Nesmith, A. (2013). "Integrating Peer Reviewed Writing into Hybrid Online Courses." Bloomington, MN: Minnesota Colleges & Universities English and Writing Conference.
Nesmith, A. & Riebel, J. (2012). "Empowering Foster Youth as they Transition to Adulthood." St. Cloud, MN: Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies and MN Juvenile Detention Association’s Annual Conference for Youth Workers.
Nesmith, A. & Riebel, J. (2012). "Transitions to Adulthood: Empowering Foster Youth with Control over Decision-Making and Supportive Relationships." Walker, MN: Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies Leadership Seminar.
Nesmith, A., Riebel, J., & Coffey-Hannah, C. (2012). "Empowering Foster Youth in their Transitions to Adulthood." Duluth, MN: Minnesota Community Mental Health Conference.
Nesmith, A. & Riebel, J. (2012). "Smoothing Transitions to Adulthood: Empowering Foster Youth in Decision-Making and Developing Lasting Supportive Relationships." Washington, DC: 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Nesmith, A. & Fredkove, W. (2011). "Eliminating Health Disparities: Employing an Integrated Health Care Model." Poster Presentation. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota School of Public Health Roundtable, Accelerating the Future: The Changing Face of Health in America.
Nesmith, A. & Negaard, W. (2009). "Family Connect: Promising Practices to Prepare For Family Visits that Build and Sustain Relationships." Atlanta, GA: 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Nesmith, A., Riebel, J., & Negaard, W. (2008). "FamilyConnect: Making Family Visits work for Children in Foster Care: Pilot Project Research Findings." Minneapolis, MN: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.
Nesmith, A. (2008). "Children of Incarcerated Parents and Their Caregivers: Challenges and Resiliency." Lansing, MI: Summer Series on Enhancing Parental Involvement in Child Protective Proceedings. Michigan State Court Administrative Office, Child Welfare Services.
Nesmith, A. & Haight, J. (2004). "Recurrence of Maltreatment: Beyond the National Standard." Oklahoma City, OK: National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, Annual Workshop.
Nesmith, A. & Courtney, M. (2002). "Running Away from Treatment Foster Care: Longitudinal Practice-Based Research." St. Paul, MN: Foster Family-Based Treatment Association, Annual Conference.
Nesmith, A. (2002). "Youth in Foster Care: Predictors of Running Away." Society for Social Work and Research, Annual Conference.
Nesmith, A. (2000). "Predicting Stable Outcomes for Runaways: An Ecological Perspective." Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting.