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Tracey Smythe

BSc Physiotherapy MPH PhD

Assistant Professor

Room
490

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a physiotherapist with clinical experience developing, co-ordinating and delivering rehabilitation interventions and health worker training interventions in Australia, Brazil, countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. I specialised in paediatric care, and my main work is with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.

I am an Assistant Professor with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at LSHTM, where my focus has been on the development of interventions to improve the quality of life of carers of children with multiple complex impairments, and in the design and analysis of before-after trials, cohort studies and cross sectional studies.

My physiotherapy degree is from the University of Queensland, Australia and my MPH and PhD are from LSHTM. My doctoral research provided evidence to improve services for clubfoot in Africa with Zimbabwe as a case study.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I teach on the MSc Study Unit on "Global Disability and Health". I also lecture on Disability on the Diploma of Tropical Nursing.

I contribute to the Public Health in Development MSc course as a personal tutor. I supervise MSc students who undertake their summer projects in topics of disability and global health.  

Research

My research interest is in disability and Public Health, with a particular focus on the development of innovative interventions for children with disabilities, and their families, in resource constrained settings. 

I am involved in assessing the impact of physical impairment on the quality of life of children and their carers, in addition to the development of scalable interventions.

My current work includes a pilot and feasibility study of a parent group intervention for children with congenital zika syndrome in Brazil and Colombia, supporting an early intervention programme in Rwanda, and building partnership, capability and stakeholder engagement with Stellenbosch University to strengthen health systems in South Africa to achieve universal health coverage for people with stroke.

I support partners through the Global Clubfoot Initiative and am actively involved with the RCUK GCRF group.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Public health
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Evaluation
Implementation research
Rehabilitation
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Neurological disease
Disability
Country
Brazil
Colombia
Zimbabwe
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Development and assessment of the feasibility of a Zika family support programme: a study protocol.
Duttine A; Smythe T; Calheiro de Sá MR; Ferrite S; Moreira ME; Kuper H
2019
Wellcome open research
[The need to act together in every way possible: inter-sector action in health and education for children living with the congenital Zika syndrome].
Sá MRCD; Vieira ACD; Castro BSM; Agostini O; Smythe T; Kuper H; Moreira MEL; Moreira MCN
2019
Cadernos de saude publica
Engagement of Fathers in Parent Group Interventions for Children with Congenital Zika Syndrome: A Qualitative Study.
Smythe T; Duttine A; Vieira ACD; Castro BDSMD; Kuper H
2019
Int J Environ Res Public Health
The development of a training course for clubfoot treatment in Africa: learning points for course development.
Smythe T; Le G; Owen R; Ayana B; Hansen L; Lavy C
2018
BMC medical education
The feasibility of a training course for clubfoot treatment in Africa: A mixed methods study.
Smythe T; Owen R; Le G; Uwizeye E; Hansen L; Lavy C
2018
PloS one
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