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Ruth Kuchinski Smith
Co-Chair, Sciences Department; Professor, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Teaching at Cairn since 2016

Ruth Kuchinsky-Smith


  • PhD in School Psychology, Temple University
  • MEd, Temple University
  • MCAT in Creative Arts in Therapies, Hahnemann Medical University
  • BS in Music Education, The King’s College


Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith teaches on a variety of topics across psychology and research, including probability and statistics. Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith has taught at the university level for more than 30 years across the disciplines of education, special education, music, and psychology. In addition, her professional experience has taken her from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg to the Philadelphia Prison Systems to the School District of Philadelphia to the Milton Hershey School to freelance writing at to Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church in Hatboro, PA, where she currently serves as music director.

In addition to significant work in the field of school psychology, Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith published “Effectiveness of the MMPI-A to Differentiate between Counseled and Non-Counseled Students” at Temple University under the supervision of Leslie Skinner, PhD She also worked in child advocacy and psychological abuse in children at Temple University under the supervision of Irwin Hyman, EdD Before her academic work in psychology, she worked on deaf history and advocacy in education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with Oliver Sacks, MD and infant development and vocalization at Child Development Research Center, Sands Point, New York with Judith S. Kestenberg, MD.

Additional Information

Contact Information:
[email protected]

Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Music Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • American Sign Language
  • Piano and Vocal Performance


  • Pennsylvania public school certification, school psychology
  • Pennsylvania and New York public school certification, music education
  • American Sign Language certificate
  • Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Certified Music Therapist through American Association of Music Therapy
  • Registered Music Therapist through National Association of Music Therapy

Teaching at Cairn since 2016