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Amy H. Smith, PhD

Collegiate Assistant Professor
  • Public Health
Amy Smith
Department of Population Health Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Education/Curriculum and Instruction/Health Promotions, 2007
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

MS, Education/Health and Physical Education, 2001
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

BA, English/Communications, 1978
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

  • Youth tobacco use, addiction, education and prevention
  • Causes of cancer in Appalachian communities
  • Causes and effects of opioid addiction in Appalachian communities and families
  • Lifestyle and its relation to cancer
  • Addressing Educational, Clinical and Advocacy Needs Related to Cancer in the Southside and Southwest Counties (Virginia); Principal Investigator for the Comprehensive Cancer Needs Assessment of the Mount Rogers Health District, 2011-2012.
    Funding for this project came to Virginia Commonwealth University, Massey Cancer Center, from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
  • Principal Investigator: Perceptions of Environmental Risks for Cancer; Qualitative Analysis of Southwest Virginia Cancer and Environment Risk Perception Project, 2011.
    Funding for this project came to Virginia Tech, Department of Population Health Sciences, through the Appalachian Cancer Network.

2017–present
Collegiate Assistant Professor

Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2007–present
Adjunct Faculty

Virginia Highlands Community College
Abingdon, VA

2007–2017
Part-time Faculty

Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2013–2016
Principle Investigator, Tazewell County Cancer Project

Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2011–2013
Community Health Education Specialist

Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

2004–2008
Coordinator

Project Right Start
Smyth County Community Foundation
Marion, VA

1985–2004
Public Relations and Marketing Specialist

Abingdon, VA

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
  • Skelton Fellow, Rotary District 7075
  1. Burnett, A. J., Sabato, T. M., Ott Walter, K., Kerr, D. L, Wagner, L, & Smith, A. H. (In press). The influence of attributional style on substance use and risky sexual behavior among college students. College Student Journal.
  2. Sabato, T. M., Burnett, A. J., Kerr, D. L., Ott-Walter, K., Wagner, L., & Smith, A. H. (In press). Examining behavioral and psychosocial predictors of antibody testing among college youth: Implications for HIV prevention education and testing. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7(4).