Sericea S Smith

Assistant Professor | DrPH, MPH

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Courses Taught

HSC 3500 Epidemiology
HSC 3555 Human Diseases
HSC 6735 Health Science Research
PHC 6011 Epidemiology II


Research Interests

Environmental epidemiology
Tobacco control
Health inequalities
Infectious diseases


DrPH (Epidemiology), Brunel University London, United Kingdom
MPH (Health Planning and Administration), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BS (Biology), Mississippi College, Clinton


Sericea Stallings-Smith completed her doctoral work in epidemiology at Brunel University London, United Kingdom, where she assessed the mortality effects of the national smoking ban policy in the Republic of Ireland. In addition, Dr. Stallings-Smith completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical epidemiology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she assessed the burden and risk factors for infectious diseases among pediatric cancer patients at international partner and collaborating sites in low- and middle-income countries.


  • PLOS Early Career Researcher Travel Award
  • Research Poster Award, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Commendation for Research Paper of the Year, Irish Healthcare Awards
  • Walduck Prize for Research Impact, Brunel University London


  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Florida Public Health Association

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Stallings-Smith S and Hamadi H (2018) “The impact of smoke-free legislation on inequalities in secondhand smoke exposure among non-smoking adults with cardiovascular conditions in the United States”. UNF Faculty Development Grant, $20,000.


Apatu E, Stallings-Smith S, and Gellers J (2018) “Disasters, Public Health, and International Cooperation”. UNF Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant, $24,000.

Publications & Presentations




Stallings-Smith S, Mease A, Johnson TM, and Arikawa AY (2018) “Exploring the Association between Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Diabetes among Adults in the United States”. Environmental Research, 166: 588-594.


Spaulding AC, Stallings-Smith S, Mease A, Spaulding AE, and Apatu E (2018) “Are U.S. Degree-Granting Institutions Associated with Better Community Health Determinants and Outcomes?” Public Health, 161: 75-82.


Ojha RP, Stallings-Smith S, Aviles-Robles MJ, Gomez S, Somarriba MM, Caniza MA (2016) “Incidence and Case-fatality of Varicella-zoster Virus Infection among Pediatric Cancer Patients in Developing Countries”. European Journal of Pediatrics, 175(4): 581-585. doi: 10.1007/s00431-015-2672-8.


Stallings-Smith S, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Hudson MM, Ojha RP (2015) “Long-Term Follow-Up for Incident Cirrhosis among Pediatric Cancer Survivors with Hepatitis C Virus Infection”. Journal of Clinical Virology, 71: 18–21.


Ojha RP, Stallings-Smith S, Flynn PM, Adderson EE, Offutt-Powell TN, Gaur AH (2015) “The Impact of Vaccine Concerns on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Influenza Vaccine Uptake among Healthcare Workers”. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9):e35-41. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302736.


Stallings-Smith S, Goodman P, Kabir Z, Clancy L, and Zeka A (2014) “Socioeconomic Differentials in the Immediate Mortality Effects of the National Irish Smoking Ban”. PLoS One, 9(6): e98617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098617.


Stallings-Smith S, Zeka A, Goodman P, Kabir Z, and Clancy L (2013) “Reductions in Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular, and Respiratory Mortality following the National Irish Smoking Ban: Interrupted Time-Series Analysis”. PLoS One, 8(4): e62063. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062063.





Stallings-Smith S, Zeka A, Goodman P, Kabir Z, and Clancy L (2015) “Consider Health-Related Outcomes when Assessing the Equity Impacts of Smoking Ban Policies”. Tobacco Control eLetters.

Smith, SS and Shelton, K (2009) “2006 Florida Injury Fact Sheet: Firearms”. Florida Department of Health, Office of Injury Prevention.

Smith, SS and Stanek, D (2008) “Public Health Preparedness Assessment of Polk County Veterinarians: A Pilot Study”. Epi Update: A Publication of the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology. November Issue, pgs 1-4.





Stallings-Smith S, Studaway A, Krull KR, Brinkman, TM, Hudson MM, Ojha RP. “Long-Term Follow-Up for Incident Cirrhosis or Fibrosis among Hepatitis C Seropositive Pediatric Cancer Survivors”, 14th International Conference on Long-Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer, Arlington, Virginia, USA, June 11-13, 2015.

Stallings-Smith S, Zeka A, Goodman P, Kabir Z, and Clancy L. “Socioeconomic Differentials in the Immediate Mortality Effects of the National Irish Smoking Ban”, Presented by A. Zeka, Joint Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, International Society of Exposure Sciences, and International Society of Indoor Air Quality, Basel, Switzerland, August 19-23, 2013.

Stallings-Smith S, Zeka A, Goodman P, Kabir Z, and Clancy L. “Examining the Mortality Effects of the Irish National Smoking Ban”, 23rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona, Spain, September 13-16, 2011.

Smith, SS and Shelton, K. “Descriptive Analysis of Firearm-Related Injury Deaths and Non-Fatal Hospitalizations among Florida Residents, 2006”, 2009 Annual Conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Buffalo, New York, USA, June 7-11, 2009.




Stallings-Smith S, Zeka A. “Inequalities in Secondhand Smoke Exposure among Non-smoking Adults with Cardiovascular Conditions in the United States”, 28th Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Rome, Italy, September 1-4, 2016.


Ojha RP, Asdahl PH, Stallings-Smith S, Bittner EC, Aviles-Robles M. “Spectrum Effects in the Accuracy of Serum Biomarkers for Diagnosing Infections among Pediatric Cancer Patients with Febrile Neutropenia”, Presented by R Ojha, Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer for the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO), Copenhagen, Denmark, June 25-27, 2015.

Stallings-Smith S, Johnson KM, Gomez S, González M, Caniza MA, Ojha RP. “Pathogen Distribution Based on Definitions of Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections among Pediatric Cancer Patients”, Joint Conference of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA, February 20-21, 2015.

Stallings-Smith S, Studaway A, Krull KR, Brinkman TM, Hudson MH, and Ojha RP. “Outcomes of Chronic Hepatitis C among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer”, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Faculty/Postdoctoral Research Poster Session, Memphis, TN, USA, November 20, 2014.

Stallings-Smith, S and Zeka, A. “Examining the Mortality Effects of the Irish National Smoking Ban”, Brunel University Research Student Poster Conference, London, UK, March 14-15, 2011.

Smith, SS and Stanek, D. “Public Health Preparedness Assessment of Polk County Veterinarians”, Annual Conference of the Florida Environmental Health Association, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA, August 11-15, 2008.


Smith, SS and Bounds, T. “The East Tennessee Indoor Air Quality Survey: Does Your School Use the EPA’s ‘Tools for Schools’ Program?”, Annual Conference of the Tennessee Public Health Association, Nashville, TN, USA, November 1-3, 2006.

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