PhD, University of Nottingham, 2002
MA, University of Leeds, 1997
BA, University of Nottingham, 1995
Katherine Clegg Smith is a sociologist with research interests around the social determinants of health behavior and the application of qualitative methods to address important public health questions. Dr. Smith’s particular areas of expertise are the communication of health information and the lived experience of health conditions. 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 has several current research projects that are focused on communication and care coordination for cancer survivors, including an RCT of 3 models for the provision of survivorship care plans to people completing acute cancer treatment. She is leading the TPackSS study, a global surveillance system of tobacco packaging. She is also a member of the Health Experiences Research Network Steering Committee.
Dr. Smith teaches classes that explore the use of sociological theory and qualitative methodology in public health research. She directs the PhD program in Health, Behavior and Society and directs the Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine.
Honors and Awards
HBS Departmental Award for Outstanding Faculty Devotion to Students (2011-12)
HBS Student Organization Awards for Mentorship (2012-13, 2017-18)
HBS Student Organization Award for Teaching (2013-14, 2015-16)
JHSPH Faculty Senate President-Elect (2018-19)