Laureen Smith PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor; Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
(614) 292-4578

240 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

Research Interest(s): Health promotion, risk reduction and youth development in children and adolescents, specifically targeting interventions targeting obesity in youth residing in Appalachia. Past research interests include adolescent male sexuality and at risk sexual behaviors as well as predictors of undergraduate nursing student success.


Research Activities:

Smith, L., Petosa, R., Shoben, A., & Szalacha, L. Principal Investigator (MPI). 2015-2019 A Skill-based RCT for Physical Activity Using Peer Mentors. Funded by National Institutes of Health/NICHD, $1.7 million

Smith, L. Principal Investigator. NIH/CCTSUL1RR025755  4/15/10-10/15/12 Engaging Rural Appalachia in Clinical Research: A Community-Based Participatory Project in Pike, County, Ohio. Funded by National Institutes of Health National Center for Research Resources and OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science, $37,500.00                                                                              

Smith, L. Principal Investigator. NIH/NICHD 1 R21HD060082   7/15/10-6/30/12 Comparing Teen Mentors to Adult Leaders to Prevent Appalachia Childhood Obesity. Funded by National Institutes of Health/NICHD, $381,250.00

Smith, L. Principal Investigator. Ohio Family Health Survey Award 10/08-6/09. Access to and Utilization of Health Services by Rural-Dwelling Ohio Children: Are there Unique Challenges for those in the Appalachian Region? Funded by: Ohio Department of Insurance and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, $34,910.00



Petosa, R.L. & Smith, L.H. (2014). Peer mentoring for health behavior change: A systematic review. American Journal of Health Education, 45; 351-357.

Smith, L.H., & Holloman, C. (2014). Piloting "Sodabriety": A school-based intervention to impact sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in rural Appalachian high schools. Journal of School Health, 84(3), 177-184.

Smith, L.H., & Holloman, C. (2013). Comparing the effects of teen mentors to adult teachers on child lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes in Appalachia. Journal of School Nursing, 29(5), 386-396.

Smith, L.H., Valenzuela, J., & Ludke, R. L. (2012). Engaging rural and urban Appalachians in research using a community-based participatory research approach. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 1, 3-17.

Smith L. (2011). Cross-age peer mentoring approach to impact the health outcomes of children and families. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16, 220-224. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00286.x

Smith L.H. & Holloman C. (2011). Comparing child health, access to care, and utilization of health services between Ohio Appalachia's river and non-river bordering counties. Journal of Community Health, 36, 819-830 . DOI: 10.1007/s10900-011-9380-8

Smith L.H. & Holloman C. (2011). Health status and access to health care services: A comparison between Ohio's rural non-Appalachian and Appalachian families. Family & Community Health, 34(2): 102-110.

Smith L.H. (2011). Piloting the use of teen mentors to promote a healthy diet and physical activity among children in Appalachia. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16: 16-26.

Smith L.H., & Ford J. (2010). History of forced sex and recent sexual risk indicators among young adult males. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 42(2): 87-92.

Smith L.H., & Barker E. (2009). Exploring youth development with diverse children: Correlates of risk, health, and thriving behaviors. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14(1): 12-21.


Professional Service, Honors, and Awards:

Midwest Nursing Research Society 2014 Adolescent Research Trailblazer Award

The Ohio State University College of Nursing 2012 Outstanding Researcher Award

Director, Appalachian Translational Research Network, The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Member of American Public Health Association and Ohio Public Health Associatoin

Midwest Nursing Research Society, Adolescent Health Research Section Chair (2012-2013)

Sigma Theta Tau, International, Abstract Reviewer

Association for Community Health Nurse Educators. Awards Committe Member (2011- present)

Editorial Board: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing (2011-present)

Ohio Public Health Association Governing Council (2007-2010)

Ohio Public Health Association Governing Council Communications Committee Chair (2010- present)