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Judith Lee Smith, PhD

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Judith Lee Smith, PhD, is a Senior Behavioral Scientist and Team Lead in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Dr. Smith joined DCPC in September 2004 and was previously a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry.

She recently completed two randomized controlled trials examining ways to increase colorectal cancer screening in primary care clinics and increase cervical cancer screening in Hispanic women (AMIGAS). Dr. Smith is also a co-investigator on several projects funded by DCPC examining behavioral factors associated with treatment decision-making, non-receipt of surveillance screening, and screening uptake.

Dr. Smith’s research interests include investigating the social, cultural, behavioral, and psychological factors that impact cancer prevention and control, health disparities, cancer survivorship, and patient outcomes. Her primary areas of focus are colorectal, cervical, prostate, and breast cancers and cancer survivorship. She collaborates with various institutions and works with diverse populations including African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, rural populations, and the uninsured or underinsured.

Dr. Smith is also a technical scientific reviewer for the Evidence-based Education and Outreach Task Group for the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and serves as a peer reviewer for several journals. From 2009–2011, Dr. Smith represented CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on the Prevention and Control Sub-Committee and the Full Committee for the Charles C. Shepard Award. In 2009, Dr. Smith was awarded the Early Career Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences from CDC’s Behavioral and Social Science Working Group in recognition of her work during her tenure at CDC. More recently, Dr. Smith has served as a member of a cervical cancer technical advisory group for the World Health Organization.

Some of the most recent articles Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored include—

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