Sandra Smith earned a PhD along with Union Institute and University’s 2009 Marvin B Sussman Award for Excellence honoring her doctoral dissertation Promoting Health Literacy: Concept, Measurement and Intervention judged to be “clearly outstanding in terms of originality, interdisciplinarity, social meaning, writing and overall presentation”. She earned a Master of Public Health from University of Washington in 1998. She is a 2000 graduate fellow of Zero To Three National Institute for Infants Toddlers and Families. in
Dr. Smith has published chapters in four college text books and numerous journal articles related to maternal and child health and health literacy. She is the author of the award winning heath education series, Beginnings Guides in use nationally since 1988. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Worldwide Universities Network, and foundations. Her work is recognized by Annual Health Literacy Research Conference, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Centering Healthcare Institute, Parents as Teachers, American Medical Informatics Association, Institute of Medicine Round Table on Health Literacy, Association for Behavioral Science and Medical Education, American Academy of Family Physicians, and others.
Dr Smith served as staff health education specialist at University of Washington Center for Health Education and Research 1998-2008 and as clinical instructor 1998 to 2018.
Currently, her work focuses on promoting maternal health literacy and empowerment as a global public health strategy. She lives in Washington state, enjoys world travel, and holds season tickets to WNBA champions Seattle Storm.