Ashley Wilder Smith

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Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH, is Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ORB is one of three Branches of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program and is focused on facilitating investigations related to understanding and improving health outcomes and quality care for cancer patients, survivors and families.

In addition to overseeing ORB activities, Dr. Smith manages a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant portfolio related to evaluating patient reported outcomes in clinical research and healthcare delivery settings. As part of that work, Dr. Smith participates in efforts across the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the evaluation of patient reported symptoms and health status in clinical trials, observational studies, and for adoption in clinical care.

Dr. Smith is the NIH Chief Science Officer of a trans-NIH cooperative agreement, (U2CCA186878) that supports the availability and implementation of four person-centered health outcome assessment systems: PROMIS®, the NIH Toolbox®, Neuro-QOL, and ASCQ-Me™. Under this initiative, these tools are now offered through an integrated platform for automated use in one publicly available research resource, HealthMeasuresExternal Web Site Policy.

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 ORB in 2006 and became Branch Chief in 2014. She is the recipient of several awards for leadership and excellence in research from the NCI and NIH, as well as awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Preventive Oncology.