Rachel Smith

Rachel R Smith , MHSc

Program Manager

Program Manager

Professional Summary

As a Program Manager, Ms. Smith has led both evaluation and research projects and serves as the hiring coordinator for the Center.  She also serves as the Institutional Review Board (IRB) research coordinator for all of the Center’s research and evaluation studies.  Methodologically, she is trained in both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation designs, data collection, analyses as well as in implementation science (e.g., fidelity assessment), and community-based participatory research (CBPR). She has extensive experience in program management and evaluation with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, training initiatives, population health, prevention science, and health care.  Her evaluation portfolio includes several National Science Foundation funded STEM education and training projects including (RET Site, MSP, and ATE) as well as Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration projects including Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Mental Health Services grants.


Master's Degree: University of Toronto (Health Science: Health Promotion)

Bachelor's Degree: University of Cincinnati (Community Health Education)


Peer Reviewed Publications

McCarthy M.J., Schellinger J., Smith R., Hargraves, D., Behimer, G. & Scherra, K. (2015. ) Youth, Caregiver, and Family (2015). Comparison of Service Effectiveness for Youth with Depressed Versus Nondepressed Caregivers.Research on Social Work Practice, , More Information

McCarthy M.J., Smith R., Schellinger J., Behimer, G., Hargraves, D., Sutter, J., Lindroth, L., & Scherra, K. (2016. ) Impact of Youth Strengths and Objective Strain on the Experiences of Subjective Strain Among Caregivers of Youth with Behavioral Health Conditions.Journal of Child and Family Studies, , 25 (11 ) ,3192 More Information

Acquavita, S.P., Van Loon R A, Smith R., Brehm B., Diers T., Kim, K., Baker A. (2019. ) The SBIRT Interprofessional Curriculum and Field Model.Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, , 19 (1-2 ) ,10 More Information

Richardson, G. B. Smith, R., Lowe, L., Acquavita, S.P., (2020). Structure and longitudinal invariance of the Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire (2020. ) Structure and longitudinal invariance of the Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire.Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, , 115 (2020 ) , More Information

Acquavita, S. P., Smith, R., Van Loon, R. A., Brehm, B., Kim, K., Diers, T. (2021. ) Training health professional students in adolescent SBIRT using an online module.Journal of Research & Practice in College Teaching, , 6 (1 ) ,67-79 More Information

Acquavita, S.P., Richardson, G.B., Smith, R., Van Loon R. A., Brehm, B., Kim, K., & Diers, T., (2021. ) Outcomes of an interprofessional SBIRT training program: Knowledge attainment and perceived competence for practice.Substance Abuse, , More Information

Honors and Awards

2017 -2017 CCTST Academic-Community Research Partnership Award Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) bestowed this award to the Shelterhouse and the UC School of Social Work, Cincinnati, Ohio. This award honors an academic-community partnership that works collaboratively to facilitate innovation in research or quality improvement to impact the health of children, adults and/or communities for their interprofessional SBIRT training partnership and research Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Recognition

Professional Affiliation

-2021: UCHR Academy Graduate The UCHR Academy is a 6 month, 12 class, in-house certification program that is required for all UC employees who handle Human Resource functions within their units. Each topic covered utilizes core adult learning methods to provide a blended approach to teaching through a combination of classroom events, e-learning modules, interactive activities, participant guides, and job aids. The UCHR Academy is focused on providing targeted learning to help cultivate HR skills and knowledge necessary for success. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

-2022: Equal Opportunity Academy Graduate The goal of the EO ACADEMY is to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of affirmative action and equal opportunity University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Contact Information

Research - Evaluation Services Center
2220 Victory Parkway, Rm. 417
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45206
Phone: 513-556-5018