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Vice Dean For Faculty

Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD, MA, is a sociologist who examines health experiences and health communication, with a research focus on cancer and chronic disease.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 726
410 955-7241

Research Interests

cancer prevention and survivorship; qualitative methods; tobacco control; mass media; textual analysis; health experiences; qualitative methods; mixed methods
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Nottingham
University of Leeds
University of Nottingham
Katherine Clegg Smith is a sociologist with research interests around the social determinants of health 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, and is currently leading an examination of people's experiences participating in clinical trials. 

Dr. Smith is the Vice Chair for Education and Pedagogy in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and directs the Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine. In 2020-2021, Kate is serving as the Past-President of the JHSPH Faculty Senate.
Honors & 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) & Senate President (2019-20)
Select Publications
The following papers are illustrative of Professor Smith's recent work in cancer communication and global tobacco control.
  • Smith, K.C., White, S., DeSanto, J., Hannum, S., Mayonado, N., Ahuja, N., Bowie, J., Cowall, D., Mischtschuk, J., Peairs, K., Thorner, E., Tran, P., Wolff, A. and Snyder, C. (2021). Implementing survivorship care planning in two contrasting health systems: Lessons learned from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
  • Smith, K.C., Welding, K., Iacobelli, M., Saraf, S. and Cohen, J.E. (2022). Headshots on bidi and smokeless tobacco packs in India and Bangladesh: a curious branding element. Tobacco Control. 31(1): 117-8.
  • Rivera, Y., Moran, M., Thrul, J., Joshu, C., Smith, K.C. (2021). When engagement leads to action: Understanding the impact of cancer (mis)information among Latino/a Facebook users. Health Communication. 1-13.
  • Czaplicki, L., Welding, K., Cohen, J., Smith, K.C. (2021). Feminine appeals on cigarette packs sold in 14 countries. International Journal of Public Health. 66.
  • Snyder, C., Choi, Y., Blackford, A., DeSanto,J., Mayonado., N, Rall, S., White, S., Bowie, J., Cowall, D., Johnston, F., Joyner, R., Mischtschuk, J., Peairs, K., Thorner, E., Tran, P., Wolff, A., Smith, K.C., SSCP Stakeholder Advisory Board. (2021). Simplifying Survivorship Care Planning: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing 3 Care Plan Delivery Approaches. Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS)