Ashley Wilder Smith


Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH is Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) 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 (PROs) and quality care for cancer patients, survivors and families. In addition to overseeing ORB activities, Dr. Smith manages an NIH grant portfolio related to:

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

Dr. Smith is currently leading a trans-NIH cooperative agreement, the Person-Centered Assessment Resource that supports the implementation of four NIH health outcome assessment systems. Dr. Smith is 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. She also led the National Survey of Energy-balance related Care among Primary Care Physicians and serves as the NCI lead of the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) 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 joined the Outcomes Research Branch in 2006. She is the recipient of several awards for leadership and excellence in research from the National Institutes of Health as well as awards from the American Psychological Association, and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.