Ian Smith worked as an aircraft mechanic in the US Air Force for seven years before deciding that he wanted to pursue a more academic career. After earning a BSc in Psychology with a Business focus, he proceeded to Leiden University where he completed a Research MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology. After his masters, he worked as a researcher at the LUMC on a project developing an tailored self-management support system for diabetes patients integrating various mHealth devices for improved care. In 2018, Ian joined the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care in Utrecht as a PhD Student working with Dr. Ardine de Wit and Dr. Jorien Veldwijk as a part of the Innovative Medicines Initiative PREFER Project trying to strengthen patient-centric decision making throughout the life cycle of medicinal products by looking at how and when it is best to perform and include patient-preferences in decision making during the drug life cycle.
Interests and Focus
My background is in Clinical and Health Psychology with a focus on behavior change and eHealth technology. My goal is to help the patient have a voice and be more involved in their care; be it through changes in which drugs are available, helping patients be more involved in shared decision-making process, tailoring patient care, or giving feedback on care received to make future improvements.