Sabrina L. Smiley, PhD, MPH

Core Scientist , Combination Prevention Core

Sabrina L. Smiley, PhD, MPH, MCHES is Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at San Diego State University School of Public Health. She is currently a combination prevention core scientist at CHIPTS, an inaugural CHIPTS Bridge Fellow (2021-2022), and a past scholar in the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP). Her NIDA-funded, HA-STTP pilot study examined momentary changes in substance use, sexual risk behavior, and HIV risk perception over time among young adult sexual minority Black men in Washington, D.C. Smiley’s primary research interests are all within the area of health disparities and health equity. Currently, Smiley is leading NIH-funded projects and California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program-funded projects in addiction risk, public policy, and community engagement. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the NCI/FDA-funded Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science in the Department of Preventive Medicine at KSOM of USC before faculty appointment. Smiley received her Ph.D. in sociology from Howard University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She completed her M.P.H. in health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Her research findings have been published in journals such as Current HIV/AIDS Reports, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, and Tobacco Control.


1. Mei, K. A., Shin, H., & Smiley, S. L. (2024). Commercial Tobacco Retailers Need to Be Included in Research on Policies Restricting the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, 26(Supplement_2), S143–S146.

2. Taggart, T., Smiley, S. L., & Ritchwood, T. D. (2023). Advancing Public Health and Social Equity Through Research, Training, and Action. American journal of public health, 113(S2), S98–S101.

3. Smiley, S. L., & Brown, N. (2023). Assessing access to smoking cessation services in Southern California HIV safety nets: A secret shopper study. Drug and alcohol dependence reports, 7, 100169.