Natalie R Smith

Natalie R Smith

UNC Chapel Hill

I recently completed my PhD in Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, under the direction of Leah Frerichs. My main area of focus was Decision Sciences and Outcomes Research. From 2018-2021 I was a predoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center. The training program focuses on helping PhD students integrate approaches from the social and health sciences to address important public health problems.

In Fall 2021 I will start a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard in their Cancer Prevention Training Program. I’ll be working on getting dissertation papers out and starting some new work with my mentor, Doug Levy.

Please get in touch!

Interests

  • Projecting the health and economic impacts of public health policies using simulation models
  • Integrating implementation science and economic evaluation
  • Communicating simulation modeling and economic evaluation research to policymakers

Education

  • PhD in Health Policy and Management, 2021

    UNC Chapel Hill

  • MS in Biostatistics, 2017

    UNC Chapel Hill

  • BS in Interdisciplinary Science, Statistics and Epidemiology, 2015

    Purdue University

Research Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Trainee

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sep 2021 – Present Harvard
Joint Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Educational Program in Cancer Prevention funded by the National Cancer Institute.
 
 
 
 
 

Predoctoral Trainee

Carolina Population Center

May 2018 – Apr 2021 UNC Chapel Hill
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development T32 predoctoral traineeship to support doctoral studies focused on integrating public health and social science (preceptors: Leah Frerichs and James Moody).
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Health Policy and Management

May 2017 – Apr 2018 UNC Chapel Hill
 
 
 
 
 

Health Improvement Intern

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Jun 2016 – Jul 2016 Virginia
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Research Assistant

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Oct 2015 – Apr 2017 UNC Chapel Hill
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant

North Central Nutrition Education Center for Excellence

May 2015 – Jul 2017 Indiana

Teaching Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Health Policy and Management

Jan 2021 – May 2021 UNC Chapel Hill
HPM 883: Analysis of Categorical Data (lead instructor: Marisa Domino).
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Health Policy and Management

Jan 2020 – May 2020 UNC Chapel Hill
HPM 883: Analysis of Categorical Data (lead instructor: Marisa Domino).
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Health Policy and Management

May 2017 – Jul 2017 UNC Chapel Hill
HPM 611: Public Health Concepts and Systems Thinking (lead instructor: Leah Frerichs).
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Biostatistics

Aug 2015 – May 2016 UNC Chapel Hill
BIOS 600: Introduction to Biostatistics (lead instructor: Marcus Hermann-Giddens).

Extracurricular Trainings

US Policy Communication Training Program

Training for doctoral students on communication strategies to link research to policy, writing for policy and nontechnical audiences, and effective delivery of presentations. Training consists of one week workshop and yearlong practicum where students prepare two communications based on their own doctoral work.

Communicating Research Workshop

Two day workshop on applying visual media to communicate research using Adobe Creative Cloud products.

Stochastic Network Modeling

One week advanced workshop on stochastic modeling for network data, with a primary focus on exponential random graph models and stochastic actor based models.

Social Networks & Health

One week survey workshop on the basics of social network analysis methods applied to health research.