Jennifer S. Smith, PhD
Dr. Jennifer S. Smith is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Smith is also affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC Center for Aids Research and the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research.
Dr. Smith has conducted research on HPV infection and associated cervical neoplasia and cancer since 1995 and has published over 200 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on epidemiological studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer worldwide (primarily in China, Kenya, South Africa and North Carolina), with a focus on prevention via screening, HPV self-screening and prophylactic vaccines.
Dr. Smith is currently conducting self-screening demonstration projects of HPV infection among high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya and in rural North Carolina.
Honors and AwardsJohn E. Larsh, Jr. Award
2015, UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthResearch Award
2004, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer CenterElion Research Award
2003, International Herpes Management ForumJean Coombs Award
1999, Epidemiology Department, Johns Hopkins UniversityChateaubriand Fellowship Recipient
1998, French EmbassyMember
1995, Delta Omega National Public Health Honors SocietyJacob Javitz Graduate Fellowship recipient
1994, The United States Department of EducationRecipient,Samuel Houston Citizenship Award
1991, Johnson Fellowship for Social WorkSamuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service work
1991, Samuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service workHarvard Traveller's Club Award
1990, Harvard UniversityMember
1987, Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society
Dr. Smith taught Vaccine Epidemiology (EPID 799C) in Spring 2015.
She also mentors independent student practicum for research and publication experience.
“Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High Risk Women”
"Overcoming barriers to adolescent vaccination: vaccine champions’ perspectives"
“Evaluation of a Self-Screening Cervical Cancer Test by Mail”
"North Carolina State-Level Partnership to Increase HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention"
“Evaluating a community-driven cervical cancer prevention model in western Kenya”