Kelly Smith, Kelsie D., Ph.D. M.P.H.

Kelsie D. Kelly Smith, PhD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Kelly Smith conducts research locally and globally examining health disparities among minority populations in urban and rural communities. She uses qualitative approaches to develop tools and interventions with community partners in her efforts to improve minority population’s quality of life and overall well-being. Her current work includes examining racism, stress and trauma in public housing residents utilizing principles of CBPR , health education after-school programming in the Westhaven community and is the current Director of the Pathways Scholars Program recruiting minority students from HBCUs in Virginia.

Dr. Kelly Smith holds specific expertise in CBPR and qualitative research methods, teaches methodology courses and advises current MPH students.

Assistant Professor Department of Public Health Sciences

Global Public Health Studies Advisor

Associate Dean for First year and transfer students and Director of Peer Advisors program in the Office of African American Affairs

Education and Training

B.S Psychology, Virginia State University;

MPH University of Virginia;

Ph.D., 2016, Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Agriculture Safety and Health Traineeship Fellow, UIUC



P.O Box 800717
Fax: 434.297.8437
West Complex 3rd Floor 3181


Health Behavior and Health Education. Sexual Health Education. Community Based Participatory Research to advance health equity in underrepresented public housing communities. Culturally respectful research implementation in community and global health. Qualitative and mixed-method approaches to community-based issues.


PHS 5015/7015

PHS 7610

PHS 7060

Research Interests:

Her research highlights the lived experiences of minority populations as it pertains to the role of culture, housing and health in disparities research.


Recent Publications:

Kelly, K.D. , Oseideko, A., Ibe-Lamberts, K., & Ilunga-Tshiswaka, D. (2020) Exploring perceptions of Stress Factors among Transnational West African Immigrant Women. SN Social Sciences. Springer Publications

Richardson, J. W., & Kelly, K. D. (2020). It’s not what you say, it’s what you do: A CBPR approach using qualitative interviews. SAGE Research Methods Cases. doi:10.4135/9781529740356

Richardson JW, Kelly K.D, Kumodzi TK, Liburd NS, Laws H (2019) Type 2 Diabetes Prevalence, Distribution and Risk Factors in St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. Int J Diabetes Clin Res 6:114. doi. org/10.23937/2377-3634/1410114