Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Nic Smith

Assistant Professor Public Health Practice

Biography

Dr. Nicholas A. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health with a primary appointment in the graduate level Public Health Practice program.

In Dr. Smith’s research, he engages with individuals with underrepresented, at-risk, and/or stigmatized identities in order to better understand their experiences and to support positive change efforts, with a focus on workplace domains. In particular, Dr. Smith investigates the interplay between such individuals and their environments with a focus on how organizations can design positive workplaces and develop effective allies that support health and wellbeing. Further, Dr. Smith conducts research on research methodology, measurement, and research design.
Dr. Smith’s work also emphasizes hands-on and practical ways to enhance the wellbeing of at-risk individuals through the development of organizational leaders, managers, and employees in the areas of diversity, equity, & inclusion, allyship, health & wellbeing, and mental health awareness. To this end, Dr. Smith engages with organizational, nonprofit, and community partners to provide evidence-based solutions, including focus groups, surveys, trainings, and interventions to enhance the employee experience and wellbeing with the goal of positively impacting culture and bottom-line outcomes.