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Sophia K. Smith, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor
Phone: 
(919) 684-9628
Office: 
2114 Pearson Building

Dr. Sophia Smith came to the Duke University School of Nursing faculty from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, where she was a Research Scientist in the Cancer Care Research Program (DCCRP) and Center of Learning Health Care (CLHC). Dr. Smith earned her PhD and MSW degrees at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work. Her clinical background includes social work internships at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Hospice of Alamance County. Dr. Smith earned a BS degree (in business administration with an information systems concentration) at State University of New York at Albany, and was a senior manager at IBM and led an organization of computer application programmers and systems analysts before beginning her career in oncology social work.

Dr. Smith’s program of research has focused on innovative mHealth and psychosocial care solutions to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors. Her work has helped to define the longitudinal quality of life and patient experience of survivors of adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with a particular focus on posttraumatic stress disorder, the impact of cancer, and implementation of evidence-based supportive care services. As a senior scientist member of DCCRP, CLHC, and the Duke Oncology Nursing Center of Excellence, Dr. Smith has also contributed to a research ecosystem that conducts patient-centered clinical trials, analyses and policy studies, all of which simultaneously utilize and further the development of an integrated data system. This system coordinates diverse datasets, leverages novel information technology for patient-reporting of symptoms and other concerns, informs future studies, and facilitates patient education and patient-provider communication.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Education

  • PhD - University of North Carolina School of Social Work
  • MSW - University of North Carolina School of Social Work
  • BS - State University of New York

Research Interests

Research interests include:
• Behavioral and Mobile Health (mHealth) Interventions
• Comparative Effectiveness Research
• Cancer Survivorship Needs
• Patient-centered Outcomes
• Cancer Care Quality
• Program Evaluation

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 || • Selected as participant in Mobile Health Summer Institute, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
  • 2007 || ICARUS Award for Best Multidisciplinary Presentation, University of North Carolina Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research, Annual Aging Exchange Conference
  • 1992 || Supplier Excellence Award, IBM
  • 1990 || Executive Resource Program Appointment, IBM
  • 1990 || Management Leadershio Award, IBM
  • 1981 || Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, State University of New York at Albany

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Disparities
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Psychiatric / Behavioral Health
  • Research Methods

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26465328 Smith, S. K. and Selig, W. and Harker, M. and Roberts, J. N. and Hesterlee, S. and Leventhal, D. and Klein, R. and Patrick-Lake, B. and Abernethy, A. P. Patient Engagement Practices in Clinical Research among Patient Groups, Industry, and Academia in the United States: A Survey. PLoS One. October 14, 2015 10(10); e0140232
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26036473 Spector, D. J. and Noonan, D. and Mayer, D. K. and Benecha, H. and Zimmerman, S. and Smith, S. K. Are lifestyle behavioral factors associated with health-related quality of life in long-term survivors of non-Hodgkin lymphoma? Cancer. 121(18); 3343-51
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25644773 Smith, S. K. and O'Donnell, J. D. and Abernethy, A. P. and MacDermott, K. and Staley, T. and Samsa, G. P. Evaluation of Pillars4life: a virtual coping skills program for cancer survivors. Psychooncology. January, 2015 Epub ahead of print
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25751114 Bryant, A. L. and Smith, S. K. and Zimmer, C. and Crandell, J. and Jenerette, C. M. and Bailey Jr, D. E. and Zimmerman, S. and Mayer, D. K. An exploratory path model of the relationships between positive and negative adaptation to cancer on quality of life among non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors. J Psychosoc Oncol. 33(3); 310-31
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24865219 Smith, S. K. and Nicolla, J. and Zafar, S. Y. Bridging the gap between financial distress and available resources for patients with cancer: a qualitative study. J Oncol Pract. September, 2014 10(5); e368-72
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24123368 Smith, S. K. and Samsa, G. and Ganz, P. A. and Zimmerman, S. Is there a relationship between posttraumatic stress and growth after a lymphoma diagnosis? Psychooncology. March, 2014 23(3); 315-21
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24128592 Smith, S. K. and Rowe, K. and Abernethy, A. P. Use of an electronic patient-reported outcome measurement system to improve distress management in oncology. Palliat Support Care. 12(1); 69-73
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22833503 Oerlemans, S. and Smith, S. K. and Crespi, C. M. and Zimmerman, S. and van de Poll-Franse, L. V. and Ganz, P. A. Assessing the impact of cancer among Dutch non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors compared with their American counterparts: a cross-national study. Psychooncology. 22(6); 1258-65
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23448740 Leak, A. and Smith, S. K. and Crandell, J. and Jenerette, C. and Bailey, D. E. and Zimmerman, S. and Mayer, D. K. Demographic and disease characteristics associated with non-hodgkin lymphoma survivors' quality of life: does age matter? Oncol Nurs Forum. 40(2); 157-62
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22302619 Crespi, C. M. and Ganz, P. A. and Petersen, L. and Smith, S. K. A procedure for obtaining impact of cancer version 2 scores using version 1 responses. Qual Life Res. 22(1); 103-9

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Pillars4Life: An Online Self-Management Curriculum for Cancer Survivors

    Pfizer, Inc.
    16218019
    12/2014 to 11/2015

    Project Goal: The Pillars4Life curriculum teaches coping skills to cancer patients in a virtual group setting; it was recently implemented and studied at 17 hospitals. The goal of the project is to broaden the horizons of the program and demonstrate that chronic pain management can be improved through Pillars4Life. More specifically, the aims are to demonstrate the impact of Pillars4Life, distributed via live video conferencing technology, on: 1) a reduction in cancer-related pain and associated outcomes; and 2) optimized health care utilization and patient-provider communication.

  • Leveraging a mHealth Solution for Cancer Survivors

    Duke Cancer Institute
    01/2014 to 12/2014
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: Determine if lymphoma and breast cancer survivors will use a mobile app, PTSD Cancer Coach, and find it a valid and acceptable tool to manage their symptoms; and conduct a limited test to determine initial estimates of efficacy in managing PTSD symptoms and related outcomes.

  • Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Award

    NIH / National Cancer Institute
    KM1-CA156687
    03/2012 to 08/2013
    Role: Mentored postdoctoral researcher

    Project Goal: Pillars4Life Study - Evaluate the impact of participation in the LiveStrong-funded Pillars4Life program on key psychosocial outcomes across 17 sites in the US.

  • Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP)

    NIH / National Cancer Institute
    R25-CA116339
    05/2009 to 04/2011
    Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Project goal: This fellowship supports research in cancer survivorship. Overall objective of Cancer Care Quality Training Program (CCQTP) is to train clinician and non-clinician scientists to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary research teams to improve cancer care quality.

  • Quality of life in non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors: A follow-up study

    University of North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
    10KR71019
    08/2008 to 10/2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: To describe post-treatment healthcare use, health behaviors and perceived need for and interest in receiving support services among 566 lymphoma survivors; examine change over time in quality of life outcomes; and identify demographic, psychosocial, and disease-related correlates (i.e., cross-sectional data) and predictors (i.e., longitudinal data) of healthcare use, health behaviors, and perceived need for and interest in receiving support services, as well as of different trajectories of change in quality of life.

  • National Research Service Award

    National Institutes of Health
    T32-HS000032
    12/2007 to 12/2008
    Role: NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Project Goal: Fellowship to support research in cancer survivorship.

  • Quality of Life of Older Long-Term Lymphoma Survivors

    NIH / National Cancer Institute
    R03-CA101492
    09/2004 to 08/2006
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: To identify and evaluate the wellbeing of 886 long-term survivors of adult lymphoma as evidenced through reported quality of life with particular emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • ACS Doctoral Trainnig Grant: Quality of Life of Older Long-Term Lymphoma Survivors

    American Cancer Society
    DSW-03-213-01-SW
    09/2003 to 08/2006
    Role: Pre-doctoral Training Fellow

    Project goal: American Cancer Society Doctoral Training Grant in Clinical Oncology Social Work supported PI's doctoral education.

  • Long-term Cancer Survivor Needs Assessment

    University of North Carolina Research Council
    01/2000 to 12/2001
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Friday, March 10, 2017

Sophia Smith was recently featured in Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) article entitled "Challenges of Recruiting for End-of-Life Decision Research." The article discusses how Smith partnered with the Duke Office of Clinical Research and CTSI Recruitment Innovations Center to tap their expertise.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sophia Smith recently completed an oral presentation on "A randomized control trial (RCT) of an online, symptom self-management curriculum (Reimagine) among breast cancer survivors" at the general session of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Survivorship Symposium in San Diego, CA. Smith was interviewed by ASCO after her presentation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Center for Nursing Research announced the winners of the 2016 Small Grant Award. Leigh Ann Simmons, Schenita Randolph, Michael Relf and Elijah Onsomue, Sophia Smith and Deb Allen, and Ryan Shaw won research funding totaling nearly $80,000. The projects range from dietary intervention during pregnancy to testing mHealth technology.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Marilyn Lombardi, Margaret "Peggy" Bush, Remi Hueckel, Susan Silva, and Sophia Smith were recently featured in an article entitled "Nursing professors create mobile health tools to improve nursing curricula, improve care" on Nurse.com.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sophia Smith was recently featured in an American Journal of Managed Care video entitled "Dr. Sophia Smith Highlights the Importance of Patient-Reported Outcomes." In the video, Smith stated that listening to patient-reported outcomes, especially in clinical trials, is extremely important, especially the array of technology available to collect this information.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Sophia Smith was one of five invited expert panelist for the 21st National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Conference  that set the record straight on Palliative Care and its value in the Cancer Care Continuum. Read the full article here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

American Journal of Managed Care Managed Markets Network:

Sophia Smith is featured in an American Journal of Managed Care video entitled "Dr Sophia Smith Advocates for Introducing Palliative Care as Early as Possible" from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Annual Meeting.

Duke Pratt School of Engineering

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) recently announced that it will fund care delivery innovation projects that will help Duke Health lead in the areas of population health and analytics, novel patient interactions, new and team-based models of care, and to optimize patient flow. This is the third year that the institute has funded projects through a call for innovation applications from Duke University. This year DIHI has continued to increase its projects and investments through the RFA process, supporting 12 projects in 2016.

Friday, March 11, 2016

From the Center for Nursing Research...

  • Good News! Application Submissions
    • Kudos to Sophia Smith and her entire team for the resubmission of their NIH R01 application entitled “Adaptive Management of PTSD in Cancer Survivors using mHealth Tools." This proposal requests funding for a five-year period with a start date of September 1, 2016.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sophia Smith is featured in an Oncology Times article entitled "Online Patient Symptom Reporting Shown to Improve Outcomes." Smith's section of the article is entitled "Stellar Example of Power of Technology." Smith is featured along with two physicians from UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program and John Hopkins School of Public Health. 

Click here to read the article.

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