Donna Smith is Faculty, Academic Professional, in the School of Public Health. She has worked in HIV social epidemiology since 2002. Donna has a particular interest in qualitative approaches to HIV research and has managed the qualitative components of numerous domestic and international HIV studies. Currently, she directs the Linkage to Care Peer Navigation Training Program, which prepares African-American, HIV-positive, young, gay/bisexual men and transgender women to serve as peer navigators who help link to medical care persons newly diagnosed as HIV-positive or persons who know their HIV status but need support to stay in care.
Donna teaches Qualitative Methods in Public Health for the School of Public Health and regularly consults with students and faculty interested in utilizing qualitative methods in their research projects. She also teaches in the Bachelors of Science in Public Health program at Georgia State. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience, having previously taught Writing/Critical Thinking and Liberal Studies. She received her B.A. in Humanities from U.C. Berkeley and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies at the University of Georgia. She uses qualitative and mixed methods to understand how best to eliminate health disparities so prominent in the southern U.S., particularly in groups historically marginalized by race, sexual and gender identity, immigration status and socio-economic status.