Ashley Wilder Smith


Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH is a Behavioral Scientist and Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Her program of research focuses on developing, advancing and promoting investigations related to improving current understanding of patient reported outcomes and quality care for cancer patients, survivors and families. In particular, Dr. Smith oversees an NIH grant portfolio related to:

  1. evaluating and improving patient reported outcomes/health-related quality of life;
  2. identifying and addressing gaps in cancer care and outcomes among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors; and
  3. addressing health and lifestyle behaviors (physical activity, weight status, energy balance) in healthcare delivery settings.

Recent examples of her work include leading a trans-NIH Funding Opportunity to fund a research resource to support four NIH health outcome assessment systems, and leading a national survey of primary care physicians' energy-balance related careExternal Web Site Policy. Dr. Smith is also co-chair of the Trans-NCI AYA Oncology Working Group, providing guidance and strategic planning to research activities focusing on this population and is co-directing the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Outcomes and Patient Experience (AYA HOPE) Study, a SEER-based cohort study.

Dr. Smith earned her MS and PhD degrees in Health Psychology in 1999 and 2002, respectively, from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship, which included earning an MPH in Epidemiology, also from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Smith formally joined the Outcomes Research Branch in 2006. She is the recipient of several awards for leadership and excellence in research from the NIH as well as awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Society of Preventive Oncology, and the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship.