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Valerie A. Smith

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences

Overview


Valerie A. Smith, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences and Senior Research Director of the Biostatistics Core at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Center of Innovation. Her methodological research interests include: methods for semicontinuous and zero-inflated data, economic modeling methods, causal inference methods, observational study design, and longitudinal data analysis. Her current methodological research has focused on the development of marginalized models for semicontinuous data.

Dr. Smith works largely in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, with a focus on health policy interventions, health care utilization and expenditure patterns, program and policy evaluation, obesity and weight loss, bariatric surgery evaluation, and family caregiver supportive services.

Areas of expertise: Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Health Economics, and Health Policy

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2021 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Associate Professor in Medicine · 2021 - Present Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Medicine
Associate Professor in Biostatistics & Bioinformatics · 2024 - Present Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2015 DrPH
Stanford University · 2008 M.S.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2007 B.S.