Eva D. Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Dr. Smith's research focus is health promotion through education and social support. Most of her work has been through community-based organizations, such as African American churches. The primary area of her research is early detection of breast cancer in African American women (AAW). Dr. Smith's current focus of developing and testing the efficacy of interventions to promote adherence to breast cancer early detection practices builds on explorative research on attitudes, beliefs, and practices of AAW across socioeconomic levels. Prior research areas included breast cancer survivorship following chemotherapy through self-care activities; quality of life of South African Black women with breast cancer; hypertension management through education and support offered through churches or senior housing centers; exercise and health promotion in the elderly; and self-control promotion in elders.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Smith's current teaching activities explore the integration of health policies, health care delivery, and various environments in population-based health care. Her teaching also includes instructing master's students in theory and mentoring them as they learn their roles as researchers and demonstrate their skills in completing basic research projects. Dr. Smith also assists beginning nursing students in understanding the scope and nature of nursing from a theoretical perspective. Previous teaching includes a focus on chronic illness: health promotion, rehabilitation, continuity of care, culture and health (for undergraduate and graduate students), oncology (at the graduate level), gerontology, nursing leadership and management, and nursing research.
Service / Practice
Dr. Smith's service activities in the broader community are diverse. These include serving as chairperson of Trinity Hospital Board of Directors and as a member of the Lifelink, Inc., Board of Directors; Advocacy Health Care Health Care Committee; and Hines VA Hospital Human Rights Committee. University service includes being a member of the University Senate (Executive Committee, Senate Conference Council) and chair of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks. Department and College committee memberships include service on most of the standing committees. Currently, Dr. Smith is actively involved in professional organizations such as the Oncology Nursing Society, the Illinois Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the National Black Nurses Association.
Current Research Projects: