In Memoriam: Tasia Smith (1986-2018)

Release Date: January 28 2019

University of Florida Graduate School alumna Dr. Tasia Smith (Class of 2016) passed away on December 5, 2018 at Sacred Heart Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, Oregon.

Dr. Smith held a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling psychology from the University of Florida.

After she graduated from UF, the University of Oregon hired her in 2016 as one of four young scholars for its Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Imitative, part of UO’s Prevention Science Institute within its College of Education. Her research focused on the prevention and reduction of obesity and obesity-related disparities among underserved populations, examining social factors involved in health and mental health conditions and their role in physical health outcomes.

She also designed, implemented, and evaluated community-based health promotion programs. Partnering with churches in northern Florida, she found that regular use of health care services was associated with healthier eating and higher perceived health status among 180 African-American women battling issues related to hypertension and weight. 

With admiration for Dr. Smith’s achievements and sorrow over her premature passing, the UF Graduate School expresses its deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.