Dr Sian K Smith

Dr Sian K Smith

Fields of research: Preventive Medicine, Decision Making, Health Counselling
Campus: Randwick
Tags: Health and Support Services, Health Education and Promotion, Health Inequalities

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW, and Deputy Head of the Psychosocial Research Group, Lowy Research Centre where I hold an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship Award. My research interests include: health literacy, health/risk communication, patient-provider communication, decision-making, and psychology in the clinical areas of cancer screening and oncology, with a particular focus on improving the quality of health communication and decision...

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW, and Deputy Head of the Psychosocial Research Group, Lowy Research Centre where I hold an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship Award. My research interests include: health literacy, health/risk communication, patient-provider communication, decision-making, and psychology in the clinical areas of cancer screening and oncology, with a particular focus on improving the quality of health communication and decision support for low education and literacy populations. My PhD focused on the development and evaluation of a bowel cancer screening decision aid for adults with low literacy. More recent work examines the impact of low literacy skills on the communication and decision-making process between patients and their radiotherapy cancer team, and identifying ways to support couples make informed choices about prenatal screening and diagnostic testing. In 2012, I was awarded the UNSW Medicine Dean's Rising Star Award for contributions to research.

I currently lead an international health literacy research collaboration, through the Worldwide Universities Network linking Universities of Alberta, Auckland, Bristol, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton, Sydney, and Washington. http://www.wun.ac.uk/research/wun-global-health-literacy-network

Broad Research Areas: Health literacy, Doctor-patient communication, Decision-making, Health inequalities, Psychology, Cancer screening, Prenatal screening, Oncology, Radiotherapy, Preventive Medicine

Qualifications: BSc Psych (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)

 

Location

Psychosocial Research Group
Prince of Wales Clinical School
Level 4, C25 Lowy Research Centre
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia


 

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