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
- Long-term Costs and Return on Investment for Bariatric Surgery
- National Study of Community-Acquired Acute Kidney Injury Epidemiology and Outcomes
- Caregivers' Reactions and Experience: Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning-CARE IDEAS
- Long-term Mental Health Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery
- Impact of Primary Care Clinician Interdependence and Coordination on Quality of Care Delivered to Complex Older Patients with Diabetes
- Improving Quality by Measuring and Reporting Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations