Valerie A. Smith

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Email address valerie.a.smith@duke.edu

Valerie A. Smith, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Biostatistics Core 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 - Chapel Hill, 2015
  • M.S., Stanford University, 2008
  • B.S., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2007

Publications

Smith, Valerie A., Perri A. Morgan, David Edelman, Sandra L. Woolson, Theodore S. Z. Berkowitz, Courtney H. Van Houtven, Cristina C. Hendrix, Christine M. Everett, Brandolyn S. White, and George L. Jackson. “Utilization and Costs by Primary Care Provider Type: Are There Differences Among Diabetic Patients of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants?” Med Care 58, no. 8 (August 2020): 681–88. https://doi.org/10.1097/MLR.0000000000001326.

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32265355
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Van Houtven, Courtney Harold, Valerie A. Smith, Karen M. Stechuchak, Theodore S. Z. Berkowitz, Katherine E. M. Miller, Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Margaret Kabat, and Jennifer Henius. “Comprehensive support of family caregivers: Are there health system cost offsets?” Health Serv Res, July 4, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13312.

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32621548
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Maciejewski, Matthew L., Valerie A. Smith, Theodore S. Z. Berkowitz, David E. Arterburn, Katharine A. Bradley, Maren K. Olsen, Chuan-Fen Liu, Edward H. Livingston, Luke M. Funk, and James E. Mitchell. “Long-term opioid use after bariatric surgery.” Surg Obes Relat Dis, May 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2020.04.037.

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32507657
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Pavon, J., T. Berkowitz, E. Mahanna, V. Smith, J. Hughes, and S. Hastings. “Potential targets for de-prescribing in medically-complex older adults with unrecognized cognitive impairment.” In Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68:S141–S141. WILEY, 2020.

Scholars@Duke

Dawson, Geraldine, Kathleen Campbell, Jordan Hashemi, Steven J. Lippmann, Valerie Smith, Kimberly Carpenter, Helen Egger, et al. “Author Correction: Atypical postural control can be detected via computer vision analysis in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.” Sci Rep 10, no. 1 (January 14, 2020): 616. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-57570-1.

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31932630
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Smith, Valerie A., David E. Arterburn, Theodore S. Z. Berkowitz, Maren K. Olsen, Edward H. Livingston, William S. Yancy, Hollis J. Weidenbacher, and Matthew L. Maciejewski. “Association Between Bariatric Surgery and Long-term Health Care Expenditures Among Veterans With Severe Obesity.” Jama Surg 154, no. 12 (December 1, 2019): e193732. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3732.

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31664427
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Van Houtven, Courtney Harold, Valerie A. Smith, Jennifer H. Lindquist, Jennifer G. Chapman, Cristina Hendrix, Susan Nicole Hastings, Eugene Z. Oddone, Heather A. King, Megan Shepherd-Banigan, and Morris Weinberger. “Family Caregiver Skills Training to Improve Experiences of Care: a Randomized Clinical Trial.” J Gen Intern Med 34, no. 10 (October 2019): 2114–22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05209-x.

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31388914
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Okeke, Nwora Lance, Allison R. Webel, Hayden B. Bosworth, Angela Aifah, Gerald S. Bloomfield, Emily W. Choi, Sarah Gonzales, et al. “Rationale and design of a nurse-led intervention to extend the HIV treatment cascade for cardiovascular disease prevention trial (EXTRA-CVD).” Am Heart J 216 (October 2019): 91–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2019.07.005.

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31419622
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Diamantidis, Clarissa J., Sarah L. Hale, Virginia Wang, Valerie A. Smith, Sarah Hudson Scholle, and Matthew L. Maciejewski. “Lab-based and diagnosis-based chronic kidney disease recognition and staging concordance.” Bmc Nephrol 20, no. 1 (September 14, 2019): 357. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-019-1551-3.

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31521124
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Jackson, George L., Valerie A. Smith, David Edelman, Cristina C. Hendrix, and Perri A. Morgan. “Intermediate Diabetes Outcomes in Patients Managed by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants.” Ann Intern Med 171, no. 2 (July 16, 2019): 145. https://doi.org/10.7326/L19-0200.

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31307081
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