Population Health Sciences Faculty

Amy H. Smith, PhD

Collegiate Assistant Professor
Public Health
Department of Population Health Sciences


  • 2007
    PhD, Education/Curriculum and Instruction/Health Promotions
    Virginia Tech
  • 2001
    MS, Education/Health and Physical Education
    Virginia Tech
  • 1978
    BA, English/Communications
    University of Miami

Research Interests

  • Youth tobacco use, addiction, education and prevention
  • Causes of cancer in Appalachian communities
  • Causes and effects of opioid addiction in Appalachian communities and families
  • Lifestyle and its relation to cancer

Research Support

  • Addressing Educational, Clinical and Advocacy Needs Related to Cancer in the Southside and Southwest Counties (Virginia); Principal Investigator for the Comprehensive Cancer Needs Assessment of the Mount Rogers Health District, 2011-2012. Funding for this project came to the VCU Massey Cancer Center from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
  • Principal Investigator: Perceptions of Environmental Risks for Cancer; Qualitative Analysis of Southwest Virginia Cancer and Environment Risk Perception Project, 2011. Funding for this project came to Virginia Tech, Department of Population Health Sciences through the Appalachian Cancer Network.

Professional Experience

  • 2017 – Present
    Collegiate Assistant Professor
    Population Health Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007 – Present
    Adjunct Faculty
    Virginia Highlands Community College
    Abingdon, VA
  • 2007 – 2017
    Part-time Faculty
    Population Health Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2013 – 2016
    Principle Investigator, Tazewell County Cancer Project
    Center for Public Health Practice and Research
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2011 – 2013
    Community Health Education Specialist
    Massey Cancer Center
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA
  • 2004 – 2008
    Project Right Start
    Smyth County Community Foundation
    Marion, VA
  • 1985 – 2004
    Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
    Abingdon, VA

Affiliations and Honors

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
  • Skelton Fellow, Rotary District 7075

Selected Publications

  1. Burnett, A. J., Sabato, T. M., Ott Walter, K., Kerr, D. L, Wagner, L, & Smith, A. H. (In press). The influence of attributional style on substance use and risky sexual behavior among college students. College Student Journal.
  2. Sabato, T. M., Burnett, A. J., Kerr, D. L., Ott-Walter, K., Wagner, L., & Smith, A. H. (In press). Examining behavioral and psychosocial predictors of antibody testing among college youth: Implications for HIV prevention education and testing. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7(4).