Overview

Anya F. Smith, PhD, is a Researcher and Scientific Lead, CP and DDH Research, Evaluation, and Surveillance at Child Health BC (CHBC), Provincial Health Services Authority. Dr. Smith has a background in epidemiology and population and public health. Her history spans research in infectious disease, chronic conditions and disorders, and population health initiatives with BC First Nations. Currently, Dr. Smith's work at CHBC is focused on leading population and clinical-level research, evaluation, and surveillance initiatives that inform pediatric clinical service innovation - with a particular focus on certain chronic hip disorders and conditions.

Publications

Molecular characterization of Giardia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp. from dogs and coyotes in an urban landscape suggests infrequent occurrence of zoonotic genotypes
Veterinary Parasitology
Smith, A.F. and Neumann, N. and Banting, G. and Klein, C. and Liccioli, S. and Massolo, A.
DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2020.109115
2020

Multiple sources of the outbreak of legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015
Environmental Health Perspectives
Smith, A.F. and Huss, A. and Dorevitch, S. and Heijnen, L. and Arntzen, V.H. and Davies, M. and van Beest Holle, M.R.-D.R. and Fujita, Y. and Verschoor, A.M. and Raterman, B. and Oesterholt, F. and Heederik, D. and Medema, G.
DOI: 10.1289/EHP5663
2019

Urban park-related risks for Giardia spp. infection in dogs
Epidemiology and Infection
Smith, A.F. and Rock, M. and Neumann, N. and Massolo, A.
DOI: 10.1017/S0950268815000400
2015

Reported off-leash frequency and perception of risk for gastrointestinal parasitism are not associated in owners of urban park-attending dogs: A multifactorial investigation
Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Smith, A.F. and Semeniuk, C.A.D. and Rock, M.J. and Massolo, A.
DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2015.03.017
2015

Dog-walking behaviours affect gastrointestinal parasitism in park-attending dogs
Parasites and Vectors
Smith, A.F. and Semeniuk, C.A.D. and Kutz, S.J. and Massolo, A.
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-429
2014

Research

Estimating prevalence and incidence of Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Estimating prevalence and incidence of Cerebral Palsy (CP) in children and youth in BC using multiple, linked, health administrative databases and predictive modelling. These estimates will inform recruitment into the Hip Surveillance Clinical Program, and select indicators will be collected for on-going population-level surveillance.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) is a largely preventable chronic disability in children. There is currently no standardized care pathway in BC for DDH screening. Dr. Smith is leading the development and evaluation of this pathway using clinical and population-level data, in an effort to reduce the incidence of severe DDH requiring invasive surgical intervention. Population-level surveillance of DDH will be established.