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Dr. Leah Smith wins the 2014-15 CIHR Rising Star of the Year Award

  • Published Wed May 6th 2015

    Recognizing emerging health services and policy researchers

    The CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) is pleased to announce that Leah Smith has received the 2014-15 CIHR-IHSPR Rising Star of the Year Award.

    The Rising Star Award Review committee selected this year’s winners for their excellence in research and/or knowledge translation (KT), the innovation of their work and the potential impact of their work within the field of health services and policy research.

    In addition to receiving an award of $1,000 and a certificate of excellence, Leah will be honoured at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference, held in Montreal in May 2015.

    Leah Smith

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University

    Leah Smith (BSc, MSc, PhD) recently received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill University where her thesis was on the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on adolescent health outcomes. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University where she continues her research on the short-, intermediate-, and long-term effects of the HPV vaccine and Ontario’s Grade 8 HPV vaccination program and is also involved in a number of pharmacoepidemiologic studies.

    Leah has been a member of the CAHSPR Student Working Group since 2011 and is currently serving her second term as both Co-Chair of SWG and Student Representative of the CAHSPR Board of Directors.

    Leah holds a BSc (Honours) in psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an MSc in epidemiology from Queen’s University. She is looking forward to starting her new position as Epidemiologist with the Canadian Cancer Society in May 2015. To learn more about Dr. Smith’s research, please contact her at leahmariesmith@gmail.com.

    View the award-winning research:

    Smith L, Kaufman JS, Strumpf EC, Levesque LE. Effect of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on clinical indicators of sexual behavior among adolescent girls: the Ontario Grade 8 HPV Vaccine Cohort Study. CMAJ. 2015 Feb 3; 187(2): E74–E81. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.140900.