Projects per year
As a health psychologist, my research focuses on developing and evaluating psychosocial and health behaviour interventions (e.g. decision aids, question prompt lists, patient education leaflets, and community health programmes) to support people to be involved in decisions about their health and improve their health behaviours. I am particularly interested in understanding the role of health literacy in health, and the role of health care professionals in identifying and addressing the difficulties faced by patients with lower health literacy.
I have published widely in a number of areas, including, cancer prevention (bowel and breast cancer screening), psycho-oncology (radiation therapy, cancer genetics, cancer and reproductive health), and maternal and infant health (e.g. prenatal genetic testing, pre-conception counselling, post-partum health).
I previously held an Early Career Research Fellowship from the Australian Health and Medical Research Council (2012-2016) at the University of New South Wales, Australia. I relocated back to the UK in 2016, but continue my Australian and European collaborations through adjunct appointments at the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney, Australia.
Public Health/ Health Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
2006 → 2010
Award Date: 22 Dec 2010
Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Surrey
1999 → 2003
Award Date: 1 Aug 2003
Adjunct Lecturer, University of New South Wales1 Jun 2016 → …
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sydney5 Jan 2012 → …
- health literacy
- health communication
- health services
- qualitative research
- RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
- BF Psychology
- decision making
- H Social Sciences (General)
1/11/18 → 21/01/20
Project: Central government, health and local authorities
Learners' experience and perceived impact of a health literacy program in adult basic education: a qualitative studyMuscat, D. M., Morony, S., Nutbeam, D., Ayre, J., Shepherd, H. L., Smith, S. K., Dhillon, H. M., Hayen, A., Luxford, K., Meshreky, W. & McCaffery, K., 30 Jun 2020, In : Public Health Research & Practice. 30, 2, e29231909.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen Access
Supporting and preparing patients for radiotherapy: Patients’ and radiation therapists’ perspectives on their one-to-one consultationsHalkett, G. K. B., Merchant, S., Smith, S. K., O'Connor, M., Jefford, M., Aranda, S. & Schofield, P., 13 Jul 2020, In : European Journal of Cancer Care. e13284.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Using public consultation data for qualitative research purposes– a case study of public responses to the transformation of maternity services in South-West EnglandSmith, S. K., Stewart, E. & Vasilakis, C., 31 Jan 2020, (Acceptance date).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Bowel cancer screening decision aid - Should you have a test to screen for bowel cancer? Making decisions: choices for men and women aged 55- 64 yearsSmith, S. K., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L., Nutbeam, D., Barratt, A. & Simpson, J. M., 2019, University of Sydney.
Research output: Other contribution
Development and pilot-testing of a colorectal cancer screening decision aid for individuals with varying health literacy levelsWoudstra, A., Smets, E., Dekker, E., Broens, T., Penning, J., Smith, S. K., McCaffery, K. & Fransen, M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Patient Education and Counseling. 102, 10, p. 1847-1858 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)