About Us


Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has joint appointments in the Department of Oncology and Department of Sociology.  Dr. Smith obtained her PhD in medical sociology from the University of Nottingham in the UK in 2002.  Her work focuses on how the public come to understand health issues and how perceptions impact health behaviors. She has a special concentration in behaviors related to chronic disease and health promotion for people with an ongoing health condition. In 2011 she was one of the authors of the NIH Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences.

Dr. Smith has funding from NCI to examine health promotion among long term survivors of non Hodgkin lymphoma, breast and prostate cancer. She is also a co-investigator for a PCORI project entitled Integrating Patient-Centered Outcomes in Arthritis Clinical Care. She is also leading an initiative to establish a surveillance system for tobacco packaging surveillance in 14 low and middle income countries. She has previously received grants from ACS and NCI in tobacco control, as well as the CDC in the area of communication about healthful diet and nutrition. She currently serves as a member of the SKCCC Clinical Research Review Committee, co-directs the MHS in Social Factors in Health and is an Associate Editor for the CBPR journal, 'Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action'.

Associate Director

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she teaches Public Health Policy Formulation. Her research focuses on policy strategies designed to prevent injury, with a particular focus on how interventions are implemented once in place. Much of Dr. Frattaroli’s work focuses on preventing injuries related to fires and other home injuries within communities, and intimate partner violence. She is currently involved with a community intervention study in partnership with the Baltimore City Fire Department, and is working to advance our understanding of residential sprinkler policies at the state and local levels. In both of these projects, qualitative methods figure prominently in the study designs. Dr. Frattaroli is committed to work that advances the translation of findings into policy and practice. She has published widely on the use of qualitative methods in injury prevention, as well as on the science and practice of translating injury prevention interventions.