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Brittany Smalls

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Sciences and Public Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Health Services

Brittany L. Smalls received her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in health services research at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2014 and earned a Master’s in Health Services from Strayer University in 2010. In 2019 she began her role as Contributing Faculty in the School of Health Sciences in the Health Services Research doctoral program. Dr. Smalls’ primary role will be to serve as a dissertation committee member or chair for doctoral students. Professionally, she has worked as a researcher in health disparities and community-based research in vulnerable populations suffering from complex chronic disease. Her current research assesses social support and social networks within older rural-dwelling adults living with type 2 diabetes. In addition to her personal research interest, she also works on interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, researchers, social scientists, and public health practitioners to address health needs of vulnerable populations. Dr. Smalls’ research and collaborations is reflective in her NIH funded projects, peer-reviewed publications, and national and international conference presentations.


Master's of Health Services Administration, Strayer University - N. Charleston, SC United States

PhD, Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, SC United States

Public Service

Indigenous Health International, Volunteer

The Nest, Volunteer - Lexington, United States

Awards / Honors

AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program, AcademyHealth, 2012

, Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, 2010


Campbell, J. A., Walker, R. J., Smalls, B. L., Egede, L. E. (2017). Use of social adaptability index to explain self-care and diabetes outcomes.. BMC endocrine disorders.

Walker, R. J., Smalls, B. L., Egede, L. E. (2015). Social determinants of health in adults with type 2 diabetes--Contribution of mutable and immutable factors.. Diabetes research and clinical practice.

Lilley, E. J., Scott, J. W., Goldberg, J. E., Cauley, C. E., Temel, J. S., Epstein, A. S., Lipsitz, S. R., Smalls, B. L., Haider, A. H., Bader, A. M., Weissman, J. S., Cooper, Z. (2018). Survival, Healthcare Utilization, and End-of-life Care Among Older Adults With Malignancy-associated Bowel Obstruction: Comparative Study of Surgery, Venting Gastrostomy, or Medical Management.. Annals of surgery.

Walker, R. J., Smalls, B. L., Bonilha, H. S., Campbell, J. A., Egede, L. E. (2013). Behavioral interventions to improve glycemic control in African Americans with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review.. Ethnicity & disease.

Smalls, B. L., Gregory, C. M., Zoller, J. S., Egede, L. E. (2017). Conceptualizing the effect of community and neighborhood factors on type 2 diabetes health outcomes. Environment and Behavior.

Smalls, B. L., Walker, R. J., Bonilha, H. S., Campbell, J. A., Egede, L. E. (2015). Community Interventions to Improve Glycemic Control in African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: A Systemic Review.. Global journal of health science.

Smalls, B. L., Gregory, C. M., Zoller, J. S., Egede, L. E. (2015). Assessing the relationship between neighborhood factors and diabetes related health outcomes and self-care behaviors.. BMC health services research.

Smalls, B. L., Gregory, C. M., Zoller, J. S., Egede, L. E. (2015). Direct and indirect effects of neighborhood factors and self-care on glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.. Journal of diabetes and its complications.

Smalls, B. L., Aroh, A., McQuerry, K., Adegboyega, A., Schoenberg, N., Hatcher, J. (2018). Social support and breast cancer screening in rural Appalachia.. Psycho-oncology.

Walker, R. J., Smalls, B. L., Hernandez-Tejada, M. A., Campbell, J. A., Egede, L. E. (2014). Effect of diabetes self-efficacy on glycemic control, medication adherence, self-care behaviors, and quality of life in a predominantly low-income, minority population.. Ethnicity & disease.


Smalls, B. L., Chung, M., Moser, D. (2018). Phenotype of the rural caregiver: Implications for aging in America. Gerontological Society of America.

Smalls, B. L., Thylien, I., Miller, J., Moser, D. (2018). Depressive symptoms, social support, and severity of heart disease in an international cohort study. Gerontological Society of America.

Smalls, B. L., Robinson, A. C., Haider, A., Morris, M. A. (2016). Social determinants of surgical disparities: towards a new research framework. AcademyHealth.

Smalls, B. L., Bardach, S., Schoenberg, N. E. (2018). The burden of aging with diabetes and the impact of cognitive decline. American Diabetes Association.

Davis, W. A., Smalls, B. L., Haider, A., Morris, M. A. (2016). One-sided conversations: prevalence of communication disabilities in the adult surgical population.