Hope Smiley-McDonald

Research Sociologist

Hope Smiley-McDonald


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Kentucky
  • MA, Sociology, University of Kentucky
  • BA, Public Policy Studies and History, Duke University

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Hope Smiley-McDonald is a research sociologist with nearly 20 years of research experience in the areas of corrections, substance use, drug offenders, and substance abuse treatment. Her research interests include health, social, and justice issues in the context of substance use including opioid use. She has published in the areas of drug courts, reentry, employment, offender health and mental health, inmate mortality, and women and substance abuse.

Dr. Smiley-McDonald has worked on several community-based and corrections-based program evaluations of substance abuse treatment programs designed for women and drug offenders and has directed the outcome evaluations of an adult drug court and an offender reentry project. She has published in the areas of drug courts, HIV risk behaviors, employment, health and mental health, women and substance abuse, and community corrections populations. Her current work is focused on the collection and reporting of solid dosage drug analyses results from local, State, and Federal crime laboratories