Hadley Stevens Smith is a health economist and a scholar in the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. She studies clinical, patient-centered, and economic outcomes of genomic medicine, primarily for newborn and pediatric patient populations. The goal of her research program is to enhance decision making by clinicians, patients and families, and health care systems to ensure efficient and ethical implementation of genomic technologies in clinical care. She uses a variety of survey, psychometric, and health services research methods in her work, as well as qualitative methods to conduct research that informs quantitative patient-centered analyses.
Dr. Smith completed a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master of Public Service and Administration in Health Policy Analysis, both from Texas A&M University. She earned her PhD in Public Health (Health Economics track) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. After completing her PhD, Dr. Smith was a Health Policy Fellow in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine where she contributed to several high-profile NIH funded genomics research efforts, including the Clinical Sequencing Evidence Generating Research Consortium.
Dr. Smith is currently funded on a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute to study the family-level utility of pediatric genomic sequencing.