Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FACSM, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University

Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FACSM, FAANDr. Smith is Professor and Associate dean for Research at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Nursing. Prior to her joining the MSU CON she served in a similar capacity at University of Maryland (UM) School of Nursing (SON). As a nurse and an exercise physiologist Dr. Smith has made a significant contribution to the literature related to the exercise interventions, safety and efficacy of exercise, and the use of exercise to reduce weight and modify CVD risk factors in community dwelling chronically ill adults and children. Dr. Smith, was one of the first investigators to demonstrate improvement in body composition without adverse effects on CD4 cell count and HIV viral replication and has reported positive effects of exercise on functional performance, symptoms, and leisure activity level in HIV-infected patients (R01 NR03974). Dr. Smith was the principal investigator of a collaborative study with the Institute of Human Virology and the Baltimore VA GRECC examined the effects of exercise and nutrition on body composition, blood lipids, and specific metabolic variables in HIV-infected individuals with lipodystrophy syndrome.  Her findings on ethnic variations in the prevalence of metabolic bone disease among HIV-infected patients with lipodystrophy contributed to our knowledge of bone health in HIV infected patients.

In addition she was Director of Research, Office of Global Health and Director for the Nursing Component and Senior Technical Advisor of the University of Maryland, Institute for Human Virology PEPFAR grant which served 7 countries in Africa and two in the Caribbean providing technical assistance related to HIV care and treatment to nurses and other HCW.  She served as a delegate to the World Health Organization (WHO) and PEPFAR’s Transformative Scale-Up of Medical, Nursing and Midwifery Education in Geneva in 2010. She was invited by the Clinton Foundation to participate in planning and implementing a program to increase Medical, Nursing and Midwifery capacity in Rwanda.  She serves as principal investigator of a study entitled Assessing Nurses Risk of Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens in Sub-Saharan Africa and has experience securing IRB/Ethics Committee approval in a variety of African countries. She served as faculty member for a WHO Safe Motherhood survey in Malawi and in Kenya. She has also served as a member of the External Advisory Committee and Consultant to the University of Puerto Rico-Roswell Park Cancer Partnership” NIH/U56 Grant.

She is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), is certified as an ACSM program director and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).


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