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Katherine Smith, PhD

  • Co-Director, MHS Social Factors in Health
  • Director, Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine
  • Associate Professor

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Hampton House Rm 726
Baltimore, Maryland

410 502-0025
410 955-7241

TPackSS: Tobacco Pack Surveillance System:

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PhD, University of Nottingham, 2002
MA, University of Leeds, 1997


Katherine Clegg Smith is a sociologist with research interests around the social determinants of health behavior. Dr. Smith’s particular area of expertise is communication of health information. She also has a general interest in identity and its relationship to health.  Much of Dr. Smith's research is organized around individual and collective understanding of health issues and experiences. Dr. Smith was an author of the NIH Best Practices in Mixed Methods Research for the Health Sciences.

Dr. Smith is currently leading a study funded by NCI and OBSSR to explore identity issues and dietary behaviors among long term cancer survivors. She also leads the TPackSS study, a global surveillance system of tobacco packaging.  She is also working with clinical colleagues in rheumatology and neurology  to explore how patients undertand and articulate their health-related experiences.

Dr. Smith teaches classes that explore the use of sociological theory and qualitative methodology in public health research. She co-directs the MHS in Social Factors in Health.   She directs the Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine.


Honors and Awards

HBS Departmental Award for Outstanding Faculty Devotion to Students (2012)

HBS Student Organization Award for Mentorship (2013)

HBS Student Organization Award for Teaching (2013-2014)

  • cancer prevention and survivorship, tobacco, media, textual analysis, qualitative methods, diet &
  • food, qualitative methods for clinical research.
  • Smith, K.C., Niederdeppe, J., Blake, K.D., Cappella, J.N. (2013). Advancing Cancer Control Research in an Emerging News Media Environment. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs. 47: 175-181. 

  • ­­­Kornfield, R., Smith, K.C., Szczypka, G. & Emery, S. (Accepted). Earned media and public engagement with the CDC ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ Campaign: An analysis of online news and blog coverage. (Journal of Medical Internet Research)

  • Smith, K.C.,  Cukier, S., Jernigan, D. (2013). Regulating Alcohol Advertising: Content Analysis of the Adequacy of Federal and Self-Regulation of Magazine Ads, 2008-2010. American Journal of Public Health. DOI: e1–e11. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301483 

  • Smith, K.C., Debinski, B., Pollack, K., Bowman, S., Samuels, A., Vernick, J., & Gielen, A.C. (Accepted). Research-informed evidence and support for road safety legislation: Findings from a national survey. Accident Analysis and Prevention.

  • Coa, K., Smith, K.C., Klassen, A.C., Caulfield, L., Helzlsouer, K., Peairs, K., & Shockney, L. (Accepted).  Capitalizing on the ‘teachable’ moment to promote healthy dietary changes among cancer survivors: the perspectives of healthcare providers. Supportive Care in Cancer.