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.