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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 current work in cancer communication and global tobacco control.
  • Smith, K.C. Welding, K. ,Kleb, C. Washington, C. and Cohen, J. (2018). English on cigarette packs from six non-Anglophone low and middle-income countries. International Journal of Public Health.
  • Smith, K. C., Klassen, A. C., Coa, K. I., & Hannum, S. M. (2016). The salience of cancer and the “survivor” identity for people who have completed acute cancer treatment: a qualitative study. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(3), 457-466.
  • Tolbert, E., Bowie, J., Snyder, E., Bantug, E., and Smith, K.C. (2017). A qualitative exploration of the experiences, needs and roles of caregivers during and after cancer treatment: “That’s what I say. I’m a relative survivor”. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 12(1): 134-144.
  • Smith, K.C., Washington, C., Brown, J., Vadnais, A., Kroart, L., Ferguson, J., Cohen, J.E. (2015). The Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS): A protocol for assessing health warning compliance, design features and appeals of tobacco packs sold in low-and middle-income countries. Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance. 1(2): e8.
  • Smith, K.C., Manganello, J., Roberts, K., Clark, R. and McKenzie, L. (2020). News coverage of pediatric injury research: maternal understanding and engagement. Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
Examining cigarette pack appeal among adolescents and young adults
Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS)