Valerie A. Smith, DrPH - Durham Center of Innovation to ADAPT
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Valerie A. Smith, DrPH


Dr. Smith has been a member of the Durham VAMC Health Services Research and Development Biostatistics unit since 2009.  Her research interests include: Methods for Semicontinuous and Zero-Inflated Data, Economic Modeling Methods, Causal Inference Methods, Observational Study Design, Matching and Weighting Methods, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Survival Analysis, and Categorical Data Analysis.  Her research interests have been applied to: Health Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Program and Policy Evaluation, Obesity and Weight Loss, Diabetes and other Chronic Conditions, and Emergency Department Patterns of Use. 


  • 2015 DrPH, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2008 MS, Statistics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 2007 BS, Mathematical Decision Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


  • 2009-present Statistician, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham VA Medical Center
  • 2012-2015 Research Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill Biometrics Consulting Laboratory


  • 2015 Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society
  • 2013 Special commendation on doctoral qualifying exam performance, UNC Department of Biostatistics
  • 2012 Michel A. Ibrahim Fellowship recipient, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • 2012 Gillings Merit Scholarship recipient, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • 2011 Best Abstract Award, co-author, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting
  • 2007 Gertude M. Cox Scholarship recipient, American Statistical Association
  • 2007 Outstanding Undergraduate Major Award, UNC Department of Statistics and Operations Research
  • 2005 Phi Beta Kappa


IIR 11-345 (Van Houtven)
VA Health Services Research & Development
Helping Invested Family members Improve Veterans Experiences Study (HI-FIVES)
This study examines the impact of a phone and group caregiver skills training program on the veterans ability to remain in the community.
Role: Co-investigator/Lead Statistician

IIR 13-063 (Jackson)
VA Health Services Research & Development
How Should Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Be Deployed to Maximize Primary Care Quality and Efficiency?
This study examines how type of provider and the role of providers, between nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and physicians, affects clinical and cost outcomes of a national sample of diabetes patients.
Role: Co-investigator/Lead Statistician

PEC 14-272 (Van Houtven)
VA Health Services Research & Development
Caregiver Support Program Partnered Evaluation (VA-CARES)
The VA-CARES Evaluation Center, in collaboration with the Caregiver Support Program (CSP), will evaluate the impacts of The Comprehensive Program and The General Program on Veterans and caregivers. This evaluation will use a multiple and mixed methods approach and rich data sources to provide a full evaluation of VA CSP short-term impacts, including utilization patterns, detailing full delivery costs of the program, perceived financial and emotional strain of caregivers and their families and perceived helpfulness of the programs, challenges, and/or unmet needs.
Role: Co-investigator/Lead Statistician


View Dr. Smith's PubMed Link to see her publications