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Assistant Scientist

Contact Info

Research Interests

Adolescent health; School health; Sexual and reproductive health; Menstrual health; Puberty transitions; Program evaluation; Implementation science; Community-engaged research; Youth-engaged research; Participatory methods

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Cornell University
Honors & Awards

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology PhD Fellowship, 2021-22

The Cornely Scholarship Fund in Maternal and Child Health, 2021-22

The Willian Endowment for Excellence in Science, 2021-22

Cheryl Alexander Memorial Fund, 2020-21

Bernard and Jane Guyer Scholarship, 2019-20

Bloomberg School of Public Health MPH Sommer Scholar, 2017-18

Select Publications
  • Smith, A, Chipeta, E, Stones, W, Mmari, K. (2021) Why do very young adolescents engage in sexual and romantic relationships? An intergenerational qualitative analysis from Blantyre, Malawi. Culture, Health and Sexuality. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1889672. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33750271.

    Mmari M, Smith, A, Gross, S, Marshall, B. (2020). Risk and protective factors associated with adolescent food insecurity in Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health. Vol 98(2), pp.296. 10.1007/s11524-020-00488-w

    Powell, TW, Jo, M, Smith, A, Marshall, B, Thigpen, S, Offiong, A, & Geffen, S. (2020). Supplementing substance use prevention with sexual health education: A partner informed approach. Health Promotion Practice. Advance online publication.

    Smith, A, Muli, A, Schwab, K, Hennegan, J. (2020). National Monitoring for Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Is the Type of Menstrual Material Used Indicative of Needs Across 10 Countries?. IJERPH. Vol 17, pp.2633. 10.3390/ijerph17082633.

UChoose Baltimore - Baltimore City's community-wide youth sexual health initiative
True You Maryland - A state-level youth sexual health initiative focused on supporting rural counties
Thrivology - Translating research on trauma-informed approaches in youth sexual health to youth-serving professionals
Health-E You - A web-based mobile app to support youth and clinicians in discussing sexual health topics and services