Associate Director, Community-Engaged Research, Stanford University

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Community Engaged Research in the Center for Population Health Sciences - School of Medicine at Stanford University.

Previously, Smith served as a Policy Analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy where she worked on a variety of projects relating to civic engagement, economic development, and science & technology. Also an educator, Smith has enjoyed years of teaching and now actively mentors graduate students and new professionals.

Smith earned her Ph.D. in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. She also has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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  • 2017–present
    Associate Director, Stanford University
  • 2015–2016
    Post-Doctoral Scholar, Arizona State University - College of Public Service & Community Solutions
  • 2015–2016
    Research Fellow, Arizona State University - Center for Urban Innovation


  • 2015 
    Arizona State University, Ph.D. - Community Resources & Development
  • 2010 
    University of Oklahoma, MPA - Public Administration
  • 2008 
    University of Central Oklahoma, B.A. - Communications and Political Science