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Catherine Nye, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Catherine Nye is interested in cross-cultural clinical practice, and particularly in the challenges posed by using developmental theory across cultures. She has worked and done research internationally, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Southeast Asia, and on a Bi-Communal Support Project in Cyprus. Her teaching and recent publications explore the relevance of an anthropological perspective for clinical practice. She is also interested in field education and the process of supervision. Nye is the director of Smith's Advanced Clinical Supervision Certificate Program and has taught supervision courses internationally.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Committee on Human Development, Department of Psychology

M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A. (anthropology and psychology), Middlebury College

Professional Interests

Areas of Current Research

Selected Publications

Nye, C. (2007). The delivery of social services in Northern Thailand. International Social Work, Issue 5 (1/2).

Nye, C. (2007). Dependence and independence in clinical supervision: An application of Vygotsky's developmental learning theory. The Clinical Supervisor, Vol 26(1/2).

Nye, C. (2006). Understanding and misunderstanding in cross-cultural practice: Further conversations with Suwanrang. Clinical Social Work Journal, Vol.34(3), Fall.

Nye, C. (2005). Conversations with Suwanrang: the treatment relationship in cultural context. Clinical Social Work Journal, 33(1).

Nye, C. (2004). Similarity and difference in cross-cultural practice: An anthropological perspective. In Lightburn, A. and Sessions, P. (Eds.), Community Based Clinical Practice. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nye, C. (2002). Using developmental processes in supervision: A psychodynamic approach. The Clinical Supervisor, 21(2).

Nye, Catherine (1998). Using stories in dynamically oriented clinical social work: a discourse analysis approach. Journal of Analytic Social Work, 6(1).

Nye, Catherine (1998). Power and authority in clinical practice: A discourse analysis approach to narrative process. Clinical Social Work Journal, 46(4).

Selected Presentations

March - May 2010: Training and consultation to faculty in clinical social work. School of Social Administration, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

April 2010: What is clinical social work? and Conceptualizing clinical social work practice. Lecture series, Thai National Social Work Association, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

December 2009: The development of practicum training in social work education in Vietnam. A course for faculty, sponsored by Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.

November 2009: Developing professional social work in Vietnam: Challenges and opportunities. International Social Work Conference, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.

November 2009: Round table discussion with experts from the field of domestic violence. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, United Nations O.D.C., and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Hanoi, Vietnam.

October 2009: Field education in Vietnam. Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

February 2009: Culture, Change and Social Problems. Panel presentation: Northern Practitioner's Network, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

February 2008: Using knowledge management to codify social work practice wisdom. Joint Chiang Mai University and Smith College School for Social Work Conference on Social Work and Knowledge Management. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

June 2007: Training supervisors in two cultures: toward a model for codifying relevant practice wisdom and local knowledge. Third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Buffalo, NY.

June 2005: Conceptualizing learning in clinical supervision: a Vygotskian approach. First Annual International Conference on Supervision, University of Buffalo.

February 2004: "Cultural Competence" and the treatment relationship: a Northern Thai example, California Society for Clinical Social Work, Stanford University.

June 2003: Conversations with the Suwanrang: the treatment relationship in cultural context. Summer Lecture Series, Smith College School for Social Work.

April 1999: Gender Ideology and Women's Life Patterns: A Cross-Cohort Comparison.Paper presented at the Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College.

May 1998: Issues of Autonomy and Dependence in Practice Learning: Tales from the Field. Paper presented at the Professional Development Series of the New England Consortium of Graduate Work Field Education Directors.

May 1994: Narrative Retelling at the Movies. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Clinical Social Work, Washington, DC.