Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston's School of Biomedical Informatics. She also holds a BS in Microbiology from Eastern Kentucky University, and is also a medical technologist (medical laboratory scientist). Before entering graduate school, she obtained over 15 years of experience implementing, supporting, and managing information systems. She implemented systems for both St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center, and also worked in numerous capacities for several HIT vendors.
After graduating from SBMI with her PhD, she joined The University of Texas at Austin’s post-baccalaureate Health IT certificate program, where she taught, advised, and mentored over 550 students. She taught the applied electronic health records course as well as the technical half of the Fundamentals of Health IT course, covering topics such as HL7, databases, digital vs. analog data, Boolean logic, and basic SQL queries. In addition to her teaching responsibilities there, she supported the 30-machine computer lab; mentored student poster projects; reviewed resumes; provided academic counseling; and participated in employer outreach sessions. She also taught BIO337 Introduction to Health Informatics each spring, which is a broad overview of biomedical informatics.