Jennifer Smith

Department of Epidemiology
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jennifer S. Smith is a Professor within the Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina. Dr. Smith is also affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cancer Epidemiology), UNC Center for AIDS Research, and the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research. She has a Doctorate degree from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and a Master’s of Public Health from the Department of Population Dynamics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Smith has conducted research on HPV infection and associated cervical neoplasia since 1995, and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles. Her current research focuses on epidemiological studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer worldwide (primarily in Kenya, China, South Africa, and North Carolina), with a focus on prevention via screening, HPV self-screening and prophylactic vaccines. She is the current principal investigator of an NCI RO1-funded study examining the effect of self-sampling on cervical cancer screening completion among uninsured women in North Carolina, and of a diagnostic validation study of HPV infection in dry-self collection and urine sampling for high-grade cervical lesion detection among high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya

Dr. Smith is the principal investigator of the Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative, a project aimed at preventing cervical cancer through vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) and effective screening for early signs of cervical cancer in the United States, and soon globally. She is particularly interested in prophylactic vaccine, self-screening, and cytology screening implementation studies among hard-to-reach women in resource limited settings with less access to preventative public health services.

Dr. Smith has published over 170 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, of which over 130 are related to HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases, including cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar and penile cancers. She is a mentor for the Cancer Control Education Program and for the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar program, an Associate Editor of Sexually Transmitted Infections and on the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.