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College of Nursing Faculty

Gigi Smith, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
Executive Associate Dean for Academics

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-4611
Fax: (843) 792-2099


Gigi Smith is a Professor and the Executive Associate Dean for Academics at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, her Master of Science in Nursing degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing from Columbia University in New York, New York, and her post-master’s certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner as well as her PhD in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Smith’s program of pediatric epilepsy research has focused on family management, caregiving, and behavioral health correlates. She is also interested in the epidemiological patterns, comorbidities, and health related outcomes of epilepsy. She was appointed to write a legislative report regarding access to comprehensive services for persons with epilepsy in SC. She provides consultation and volunteers for epilepsy groups such as the SC Advocates for Epilepsy. At a national level she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society and co-chair of the first Centers for Disease Control Managing Epilepsy Well Network’s Pediatric Self-Management Workgroup. 
In addition, Dr. Smith has focused on education interventions for health care providers regarding substance use such as the Impacting At-risk Populations through Multi-modal Training of Nursing and Medical Students in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), a grant funded by SAMHSA, and opioid education and training with funding from the Duke Endowment.  She has also obtained funding to build nursing education programs including the Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC grant Addressing Mental Health Needs in SC with Nurse Practitioners; and HRSA grants such as the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce, and Nurse Faculty Loan Program.
Keywords: self- and family-management, pediatric epilepsy, caregiving, behavioral health in children, substance abuse and misuse, research, quality improvement, online education, competency evaluation, problem-based learning