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Research interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health/ Health Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

20062010

Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Surrey

19992003

External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, University of New South Wales

1 Jun 2016 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sydney

5 Jan 2012 → …

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • cancer
  • BF Psychology
  • decision making
  • qualitative
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • health literacy
  • health communication
  • health services
  • qualitative research
  • Health

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Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Literacy Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Behavior Medicine & Life Sciences
Language Medicine & Life Sciences
Weights and Measures Medicine & Life Sciences
Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
South Australia Medicine & Life Sciences
New South Wales Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2018 2019

ANALYSIS OF THE PROVISION AND ALLOCATION OF MATERNITY SERVICES IN THE RUH CATCHMENT AREA

Vasilakis, C. & Smith-Lickess, S.

1/11/1831/07/19

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2007 2019

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 years

Smith, S. K., McCaffery, K., Trevena, L., Nutbeam, D., Barratt, A. & Simpson, J. M., 2019, University of Sydney.

Research output: Other contribution

Genomics and pregnancy decision aid - choosing between extended and targeted prenatal information

Halliday, J. L., Muller, C., Meiser, B., Lewis, S., Smith, S. K., Charles, T., Norris, F., Kennedy, J., Donath, S., Stark, Z., McGillivray, G., Menezes, M., Forster, D., Walker, S., Pertile, M. & Amor, D., 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Low literacy prenatal screening decision aid - Making decisions about screening for Down syndrome in pregnancy

Smith, S. K., Cai, A., Wong, M., Sousa, M. S., Peate, M., Welsh, A., Meiser, B., Lewis, S., Trevena, L., Halliday, J. L., Barclay, M. & Barlow-Stewart, K., 2019

Research output: Other contribution

What do radiation therapists know about health literacy and the strategies to improve it for patients? A qualitative study

Quinn, F., Smith, S. K., Dhillon, H. M., Gillham, C. & Craig, A., Feb 2019, In : Supportive Care in Cancer. 27, 2, p. 649-657 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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A low literacy targeted talking book about radiation therapy for cancer: development and acceptability

Smith, S. K., Cabrera-Aguas, M., Shaw, J., Shepherd, H., Naehrig, D., Meiser, B., Jackson, M., Saade, G., Bucci, J., Halkett, G. K. B., Turner, R. M., Milross, C. & Dhillon, H. M., 17 Sep 2018, In : Supportive Care in Cancer.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle