Nathan Smith, ALM

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T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Master of Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Hometown: Boston, MA
Research interests: I am interested in how social factors impact health outcomes. Specific areas of interest include: psychiatric epidemiology, social epidemiology, health disparities, social capital, suicide, and addiction.
Long-term career goals: I’d like to work on interesting problems that alleviate human suffering.
What philosophy guides your education? I’ll give you two quotes from New England poets. When I am the teacher: “Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. When I am the student: “He says the best way out is always through. / And I agree to that, or in so far / As that I can see no way out but through” – Robert Frost.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? There are three problems in public health: 1) Lack of effective treatments. 2) If an effective treatment is available, the inability to get it to the people who need it. 3) If it is available to the people who need it, the inability for them to utilize it efficaciously.