Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Assistant Professor

Peggy O'Neill

Contact Information

Lilly Hall 204


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


B.A., Boston College

M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work

Ph.D., New York University


Peggy O’Neill was appointed Associate Dean for the Smith College School for Social Work in 2015. She came to Smith in 2012 following eight years as senior lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work. O’Neill has taught across the clinical and social enterprise administration methods. She is particularly interested in deepening authentic connections and relationships across differences, with particular attention to challenging oppression and finding resilience in the face of trauma.

With several years of experience working with diverse communities facing trauma post-9/11, O’Neill  has worked on co-developing, implementing and evaluating resiliency based, culturally and linguistically attuned psychoeducational groups and has 25 years of clinical and administrative social work practice in health/mental health care. She directed an employee assistance program (EAP) for seven years, serving employees and families of a large teaching hospital and multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. She developed the organizational development and consulting component of the EAP to support and emphasize the human aspects of the workplace.

She continues to work as a clinical social worker/psychotherapist consultant.

O’Neill received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston College, her master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and her Ph.D. from New York University. 


Selected Publications

Lukens, E., O’Neill, P., Thorning, H., Kapadia, A, Gheith, A. (2007).  Enhancing communication & coping capacities: The power of care, emotional knowledge and communication networks for community and spiritual leaders. New York, NY: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Selected Presentations

O’Neill, M. (2010, April). “Innovative Teaching Technique” The Work of School, University, Agency Leaders: A Global Perspective on Working with Multicultural Populations. At Leadership Conference, Montclair State University.

O’Neill, M. (2010, April). Constructing Critical Conversations in a Justice Paradigm as Action for Social Work Practice. At Peace and Justice Conference, Teachers College, New York, NY. 

O’Neill, M. (2009, March). Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, & Burnout: Prevention, Healing & Life Enhancement. Invited Speaker at Bellevue Hospital Center Social Work Grand Rounds, New York, NY.

O’Neill, M. (2009, January). Enhancing Communication & Coping Capacities: The Power of Care, Emotional Knowledge and Community Networks. Evaluation of Trainings Designed with & for City, Community & Spiritual Leaders Active during Crisis at Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.