Valerie A. Smith, DrPH, is a biostatistician, Assistant Professor in the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences, and investigator at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Center of Innovation. Her methodological research interests include: methods for semicontinuous and zero-inflated data, economic modeling methods, causal inference methods, observational study design, and longitudinal data analysis. Her current methodological research has focused on the development of marginalized models for semicontinuous data.
Dr. Smith works largely in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, with a focus on health policy interventions, health care utilization and expenditure patterns, program and policy evaluation, obesity and weight loss, bariatric surgery evaluation, and family caregiver supportive services.
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Health Economics, and Health Policy
Education and Training
- DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
- M.S., Stanford University, 2008
- B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007