September 1, 2016
Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia K. Smith, PhD, to the position of Vice Chair of Research.
Smith joins the department following eight years in Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Her research interests include the genetic and epigenetic correlates of human behavior and psychopathology, particularly related to the role of prenatal and early life exposures on the development of stress-related disorders throughout the lifespan.
“I am thrilled to welcome Alicia Smith to our department,” said Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, John D. Thompson Professor and Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. “After an extensive national search, we found the best fit for our department within our institution. Her research in epigenetics and stress in women complements the translational research currently undertaken in several of our divisions. I look forward to working with Alicia in her new leadership role.”
As the Vice Chair of Research, Smith will continue her own work while also leading efforts to expand the department’s research portfolio. She will direct and mentor faculty and trainees in their research endeavors.
Smith received her PhD in molecular genetics at Wake Forest University and completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in genetic epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one in psychiatric genetics in Emory’s Department of Human Genetics.
Smith has published widely; her work includes more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles, seven review articles, and three book chapters. She is a member of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Program in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Winship Cancer Institute, a member of the Children’s Center for Neurosciences Research at the Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center, and a member of HERCULES: Exposome Research Center at Rollins School of Public Health.