Dr Samuel Smith

University Academic Fellow

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Summary: Sam is funded by Cancer Research UK to investigate medication adherence among women using hormonal therapies for breast cancer prevention

Location: 1038A Worsley Building


Sam is a tenure-track Yorkshire Cancer Research University Academic Fellow. He is broadly interested in cancer prevention and control. Specific interests include the psychological factors affecting chemoprevention use, lifestyle behaviour change and cancer screening uptake. Sam's academic background is in behavioural science and health psychology, and he uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods within his research. 

Sam's PhD thesis investigated the potential of 'gist-based' information to promote colorectal cancer screening uptake among low literacy groups. This work was was funded by a Medical Research Council studentship, and an NIHR programme grant (PI: Raine). Sam's PhD was supervised by Professor Jane Wardle and Dr Christian von Wagner at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London. 

After his doctoral studies, Sam was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. Under the supervision of Professor Michael Wolf, the focus of his research was using existing data to establish the effect of health literacy and patient activation on patient outcomes.

In 2014 he was awarded a Cancer Research UK Fellowship to investigate decision-making in the context of breast cancer chemoprevention. This work was largely based at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine under the mentorship of Professor Jack Cuzick. 

Sam holds honorary senior research positions at University College London and Queen Mary University of London.