Shawna Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health


Shawna Smith is an Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As a health services researcher and implementation scientist with a background in sociology, her work focuses on understanding the best way to support adoption of innovative and/or evidence-based healthcare practices, as well as ways to bridge gaps in access to care by implementing evidence-based practices in innovative and non-traditional ways. With colleagues, she has spearheaded research to develop and test adaptive interventions aimed at providing effective and efficient evidence-based care. She also does methodological work related to innovative trial designs for informing adaptive interventions, including factorial designs and sequential multiple assignment randomized trials (SMARTs). Her work has been funded by NIH, AHRQ, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Institute for Educational Studies.

Shawna completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University, her M.Phil. at Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar, and her B.A. at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she retains a secondary appointment. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Quantitative Methods Program and a member of the D3 Lab, housed in the Survey Research Center at the Institute of Social Research, and a member of the leadership team for the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement (MPrOVE), a joint venture of Michigan Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI).

Dr. Smith’s work with the Prechter Program, is in leading the Life Goals project and the Integrated Apps program that combines technology from the PRIORI project with Life Goals.