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.
Jennifer Smith in the Gillings News
- Cervical cancer screening doubles when under-screened women are mailed testing kits
- UNC researchers to use $3 million grant to improve cervical cancer screening and treatment
- Findings from Kenya: Male circumcision reduces HPV infections
- Smith recognized as an expert in early cancer detection by Expertscape
- UNC-led team awarded $5.1 million for cervical cancer prevention effort in Malawi
Honors and Awards
John E. Larsh, Jr. Award
2015, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
2004, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elion Research Award
2003, International Herpes Management Forum
Jean Coombs Award
1999, Epidemiology Department, Johns Hopkins University
Chateaubriand Fellowship Recipient
1998, French Embassy
1995, Delta Omega National Public Health Honors Society
Jacob Javitz Graduate Fellowship recipient
1994, The United States Department of Education
Recipient, Samuel Houston Citizenship Award
1991, Johnson Fellowship for Social Work
Samuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service work
1991, Samuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service work
Harvard Traveller's Club Award
1990, Harvard University
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”
Opportunities for increasing human papillomavirus vaccine provision in school health centers. N Brewer, P Entzel, A Feld, M Gilkey, J Moss, B O'Malley, J Smith (2014). The Journal of school health, 84(6), 370-8.
Recommendations for a national agenda to substantially reduce cervical cancer.. Smith JS, Brewer NT, Saslow D, Alexander K, Chernofsky MR, Crosby R, Derting L, Devlin L, Dunton CJ, Engle J, Fernandez M, Fouad M, Huh W, Kinney W, Pierce J, Rios E, Rothholz MC, Shlay JC, Shedd-Steele R, Vernon SW, Walker J, Wynn T, Zimet GD, Casey BR. (2013). Cancer Causes Control, 24(8), 1583-93.
Population-based Human Papillomavirus 16,18, 6 and 11 DNA Positivity and Seropositivity in Chinese Women. Smith JS, Belinson JL, Lewkowitz AK, Ji J, Hu SY, Chen W, Esser M, Taddeo FJ, Pretorius RG, Qiao YL. (2012). Int J Cancer, 131(6), 1388–1395.
Human papillomavirus detection by penile site in young men from Kenya.. Smith JS, Moses S, Hudgens MG, Agot K, Franceschi S, Maclean IW, Ndinya-Achola JO, Parker CB, Pugh N, Meijer CJ, Snijders PJ, Bailey RC. (2007). Sex Transm Dis., 34(11), 928-34.
Chlamydia trachomatis and invasive cervical cancer: a pooled analysis of the IARC multicentric case-control study.. Smith JS, Bosetti C, Muñoz N, Herrero R, Bosch FX, Eluf-Neto J, Meijer CJ, Van Den Brule AJ, Franceschi S, Peeling RW; IARC multicentric case-control study. (2004). Int J Cancer, 111(3), 431-9.
Cervical cancer and use of hormonal contraceptives: a systematic review.. Smith JS, Green J, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Appleby P, Peto J, Plummer M, Franceschi S, Beral V. (2003). Lancet, 381(9364), 1159-67.
- PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
- MPH, Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
- BA, Chemistry / French, Amherst College, 1991