Andre Smith

Contact Informationandre_smith
University of Victoria
Cornett A309
Department of Sociology
PO Box 3050 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P5
Tel: 1-250-721-7583

Current Positions

  • Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Victoria
  • Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging

Research Interests

Dr. Andre Smith has research interests in the areas of ethnicity, aging, mental health, and blood donation. Using the social capital perspective, Dr. Smith has explored the institutional and personal circumstances that surround the labeling and institutionalization of various forms of deviant behaviours, including behaviors associated with severe chronic forms of mental illness, dementia, and delinquency. His current research program examines how institutions, regulatory environments, and organizational cultures influence health care practices with particular foci on: (1) the experiences of family caregivers with a relative receiving drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (with Dr. Neena Chappell and Dr. Karen Kobayashi); (2) the social discourse of pharmaceutical advertising for dementia drugs. His current research program on blood donation centres on the role of institutional regimes, regulatory environments, and organizational cultures in the development of donor recruitment strategies and donor exclusion policies on the basis of health and behavioral profiles. Dr. Smith has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. His articles on aging, dementia, deviance, and blood donation appear in the Journal of Aging Studies, the Canadian Review of Sociology, the Journal of Deviant Behaviour, and the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.


  1. Smith, Andre, MacEntee, Michael. I., Beattie, B. Lynn, Brondani, Mario, Bryant, Ross, Graff, Peter, Hornby, Kathryn, Kobayashi, Karen, Wong, Sabrina T. (forthcoming). “The influence of culture on the oral health-related beliefs and behaviours of elderly Chinese immigrants: a meta-synthesis of the literature.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.
  2. Smith, A., & Anaïs, S. (2012). “Self-induced water intoxication in a psychiatric asylum: A case study of diagnostic categorization and regulation.” The Journal of Deviant Behavior, 33(4): 324–338.
  3. Smith, A., Fiddler, J., Walby, K., & Hier, S.P. (2011). “Blood donation and institutional trust: Risk, policy rhetoric, and the men who have sex with men lifetime deferral policy in Canada.” Canadian Review of Sociology, 48(4): 369-389.
  4. Smith, A., Gair, J., McGee, P., Valdez, J., & Kirk, P. (2011). “Teaching empathy through role-play and fabric art: An innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers.” The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, 10: 1-16,
  5. Fisher-Cloutier, D. Kobayashi, K., & Smith, A. (2011). “The subjective dimension of social isolation: A qualitative investigation of older adults’ experiences in small social support networks.” Journal of Aging Studies, 25(4): 407-414
  6. Smith, A., Kobayashi, K., Chappell, N., & Hoxsey, D. (2011). “The controversial promises of cholinesterase inhibitors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias: A qualitative study of caregivers’ experiences.” Journal of Aging Studies, 25(4): 397-406.
  7. Hier, S. P., Lett, D., Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2011). “Beyond Folk Devil Resistance: Linking Moral Panic and Moral Regulation.” Criminology and Criminal Justice, 11(3): 261 – 278.
  8. Smith, A., Matthews, R. & Fiddler, J. (2011). “Blood donation and community: Exploring the influence of social capital.” The International Journal of Social Inquiry, 4(1), 45-63.
  9. O’Connor, D., Phinney, A., Smith, A., Small, J., Purves, B., Perry J.A, Drance, E., Donnelly, M., Chaudhury, H., & Beattie, B.L. (2007). “Personhood in Dementia Care: Developing a research agenda for broadening the vision.” Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 6(1), 121-142.
  10. Smith, A. & Kobayashi, K.M. (2002) “Making sense of dementia in an intergenerational context: The case of a Japanese Canadian nisei (second generation) – headed family.” Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 1(2), 213-225.
  11. Smith, A. & Beattie B.L. (2001) “Disclosing a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease: Patients and families’ experiences.” Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 28(Suppl. 1),S67-S71.
  12. Smith, A. (1996). “Cross-cultural inquiry into Alzheimer’s disease: A critical review.” Transcultural Psychiatry, 33(3), 247-276.
  13. Smith G.N., Honer W.G., Kopala L., MacEwan G.W., Altman S., & Smith A. (1995). “Obstetric complications and severity of illness in schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia Research. 14(2), 113-20.
  14. Honer W.G., Smith G.N., MacEwan G.W., Kopala L., Altman S., Yorkston N., Ehmann T.S., Smith A., & Lang M. (1994) “Diagnostic reassessment and treatment response in schizophrenia.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 55(12), 528-32.
  15. Millson, R., Smith A., Koczapski, A., Cook, M., Kragelj, T.L., & Glackman, W.B. (1993). “Self-induced water intoxication treated with psychotherapy.” American Journal of Psychiatry, 150(5), 825-826.

Book Chapters

  1. Smith, A., Matthews, R., and Fiddler, J. (2012). “Capital social, appartenance communautaire et don de sang : une étude qualitative dans deux villes affichant un taux élevé de donneurs.” In J. Charbonneau et N. Tran, en coll. avec A. Fantauzzi (eds.). Le Don de Sang dans le Monde : Une Réflexion sur L’altruisme, la Solidarité et L’étranger (95-109). Rennes : Presses de l’EHESS.
  2. Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2012). “Sex and sexuality under surveillance: Lenses and binary frames.” In P. Johnson. and D. Dalton (eds). Policing Sex (pp. 54-66). London: Routledge.
  3. Lett, D., Hier, S., Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2011). “Panic, regulation, and the moralization of British law and order politics.” In S. Hier (Ed.). Moral Panic and the Politics of Anxiety (pp. 155-170). London: Routledge.
  4. Smith, A. (2009). “Decision-Making as Social Practice: Exploring the relevance of Bourdieu’s Concepts of Habitus and Symbolic Capital.” In D. O’Connor. and B. Purves (eds.). Decision-making, Personhood and Dementia (pp.37-46). Jessica Kingsley Press.
  5. Smith, A. & Fiddler, J. (2008). “Making the gift of life safer: The Canadian tainted blood scandal and its regulatory consequences.” In Bolaria, S. B. and H. Dickinson. (eds.). Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada. Fourth Edition (pp. 491-505). Scarborough, Ont.: Nelson Thomson Learning.
  6. Smith, A. (2006) “The negotiation of moral status in a dementia clinic: The experiences of patients diagnosed with no dementia.” In A. Leibing and L. Cohen (Eds.). Thinking about Dementia: Culture, Loss, and the Anthropology of Senility (pp. 64-79). Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  7. Smith, A. (2002). “Contextualizing help-seeking behavior in patients diagnosed with no dementia: Implications for clinical evaluation and disclosure.” In A. Leibing and L. Scheinkman (eds.) The Diversity of Alzheimer’s Disease: Different Approaches and Contexts (pp. 129-148). Rio de Janeiro: Cadernos IPUB.
  8. Kirmayer, L., Trang Dao, Thi Hong, & Smith, A. 1998). “Somatization and psychologization: Understanding cultural idioms of distress.” In S. Okpaku (ed.) Clinical Methods in Transcultural Psychiatry (pp. 233-265), Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. 


  • Ph.D., (Sociology), McGill University, 2000MSW, University of British Columbia, 1988
  • MSW, University of British Columbia, 1989
  • BSW, University of British Columbia, 1987
  • BRE, University of British Columbia, 1984