Joshua L. Miller, M.S.W., Ph.D.
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Joshua Miller's areas of interest are anti-racism work and psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. He is the Associate Dean for the School for Social Work. He has co-taught the school's foundation social policy course, the required anti-racism course and developed a course on psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters.
Dr. Miller has authored Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters, co-authored Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions with Ann Marie Garran, and co-edited School Violence and Children in Crisis. He has published numerous articles and regularly presents at conferences and at community organizations about anti-racism and responses to disasters. He is currently working on the second edition of his antiracism book.
He has responded to and served as a consultant for many disasters, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Aurora shootings, the Asian Tsunami, the Haitian earthquake, armed conflict in Northern Uganda and the Sichuan province earthquake in China. He volunteers for a number of teams that offer disaster mental health and crisis intervention responses after tragedies and disasters although he often partners with local NGO's when responding to a disaster. In 2008, Dr. Miller was appointed as an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University where he co-teaches a course on psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters.
He serves as the principal investigator for the U.S. Department of State-funded Professional Fellows Program: Tolerance and Conflict Resolution in Uganda and Rwanda.The program is a trilateral exchange that aims to foster mutual understanding, collaboration, global networking, and leadership and professional skills development among Africans and Americans. It brings two groups of Africans to the U.S. in the spring and the fall of 2015.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Miller worked for 20 years as a community organizer, family therapist, group worker, researcher and as the director of public and private nonprofit child and family welfare agencies.
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, School of Family Studies
M.S.W., University of Washington
B.A. (sociology and psychology), Clark University
- Anti-oppression work, particularly anti-racism
- Understanding the social ecology of disaster
- Integrating psychosocial capacity building and disaster mental health approaches when responding to disasters
Areas of Current Research
Revising Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions for a second edition
Refereed Journal Articles
Zihyong Qu, Miller, J. (and other authors) (Manuscript in preparation for submission). The impact of a catastrophic Sichuan earthquake on the mental and physical health of victims of disaster: A two-year, longitudinal community-based study.
Park, Y., Miller, J. & Chau, B. (2010). “Everything has changed”: Narratives of the Vietnamese-American community in Biloxi, Mississippi. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, XXXVII(3), 79-105.
Miller, J., Grabelsky, J., & Wagner, K.C. 2010). Psychosocial capacity building in New York: Building resiliency with construction workers assigned to Ground Zero after 9/11. Social Work with Groups, 33(1), 23-40.
Werkmeister Rozas, L., & Miller, J. (2009). Discourses for Social Justice Education: The Web of Racism and the Web of Resistance. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, 18(1), 24-39.
Miller, J. (2012). Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. NY: Columbia University Press.
Journal/Book Reviewer/Abstract Reviewer
2010-Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Teaching in Social Work
2010: Manuscript reviewer for Social Work in Health and Journal of Social Work Education
February, 2012: Role reversalEssay for Smith College website “The Gate” about the relationship between my motorcycle accident in Thailand and my disaster work. https://www.smith.edu/news/2011-12/joshmilleressay.php
September 12, 2011: Public radio (WAMC) program “The Academic Minute” about resiliency after disasters.
Miller, J. (2011, Sept. 9). Fear eats the soul: 9/11 and the cycle of fear and violence. Insight, Accessed at https://www.smith.edu/insight/stories/fear.php on 9/9/11
Juried Conference Presentations
October 28, 2011: Inclusive Pedagogy: Teaching about race and racism (with Ann Marie Garran). Skills workshop at Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
October 28, 2011: Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters: Empowerment and sustainability (with Hye Kyung Kang). Paper presented at Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.
October 16, 2010: Survive and thrive: Sources of resiliency in response to disaster. Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Portland, Oregon.
January 26, 2012: Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. Presentation to faculty at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.
Nov. 7, 2011: Survive and thrive: Fostering resiliency when responding to disasters. Lecture co-sponsored by Denver University School of Social Work, Denver University Graduate School of Professional Psychology, The Denver Psychoanalytic Society, and The Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work. Denver University, Denver, CO.
Aug. 15, 2011: Survive and thrive: Sources of resiliency when responding to disasters. Presentation as part of the Smith College School for Social Work Summer Lecture Series.
June 20, 2011: A conversation about race and racism. Panel discussion (with Norma Akamatsu, Jen Matos and Pat Romney) about race and racism for the Smith College School for Social Work Antiracism Symposium.
Nov. 4, 2010: Supporting family resiliency when there has been a disaster. Lecture given to faculty of the School of Social Work, National Taiwan University.
April 16, 2010: Becoming and antiracism institution. Invitational workshop at Massachusetts NASW Bi-annual conference, Framingham, MA.
Most Recent Workshops and Presentations
Dec. 2-12, 2011: Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. Mini-course taught at Beijing Normal University, School of Social Administration and Public Policy. Beijing, China.
Nov. 19, 2011: Prevention of HIV and STDs: Training for college students going to work at a boarding school in Northern Uganda, Springfield College, Springfield, MA
October 18, 2011: Medical Capacity Building in Northern Uganda. Presentation to REACH Program, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
October 16, 2011: Medical Capacity Building in Northern Uganda. Presentation to donors to the Fund for International Capacity Building, Florence, MA
September 15, 2011: Mental health responses to disasters: Fostering resiliency. In-service training for social workers at Dana Farber and Brigham and Women's hospitals, Boston, MA.
August 23, 2011: Interview for a podcast with the University of Buffalo, School of Social Work about responding to disasters.
January, 19, 2011: Social identity in the classroom (with Hye-Kyung Kang). Workshop for faculty and staff at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
January, 19, 2011: Teaching about, talking about, working with diversity in the classroom (with Hye-Kyung Kang). Workshop for faculty and staff at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
January 11, 2011: Cultural assumptions in education: Toward effective teaching in a changing institution (with Hye-Kyung Kang). Workshop for faculty and staff at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
January 11, 2011: Social identity in the classroom (with Hye-Kyung Kang). Workshop for faculty and staff at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
Nov. 5, 2010: Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters: Workshop for disaster social workers in Kaushiung, Taiwan
Nov. 3, 2010: Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters: Workshop for disaster social workers in Pintung, Taiwan.
Nov. 2, 2010: Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters: Workshop for disaster social workers in Taitung, Taiwan.