Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Research Postgraduate







Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Katelyn Smalley is a PhD Student in the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC). Her primary project, the Patient Academy, seeks to understand the expertise of patients with chronic respiratory illnesses, and to provide opportunities to utilise that expertise to improve both quality of care and quality of life. Specifically, she is piloting an intervention to allow patients with bronchiectasis early access to diagnostic test results, to facilitate clinical decision-making and improve antibiotic resistance.  

More broadly, Katelyn's research interests include behavioural economics, organisational behaviour, and the clinician-patient relationship (including patient-centred care and shared decision-making). 

Katelyn began her career as a payment policy analyst for the US Medicare programme, where she focused primarily on alternative payment methods and incentives for quality improvement. She then helped hospital staff put those policies into practice as a Quality and Patient Safety Project Manager in New York state. 

Katelyn received her MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics in 2017. 



van Dael J, Smalley K, Gillespie A, et al., 2021, Getting the whole story: integrating patient complaints and staff reports of unsafe care, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, ISSN:1355-8196

Smalley K, Aufegger L, Flott K, et al., 2021, Can self-management programmes change healthcare utilisation in COPD?: A systematic review and framework analysis, Patient Education and Counseling, Vol:104, ISSN:0738-3991, Pages:50-63

Smalley K, Aufegger L, Flott K, et al., 2019, Which behaviour change techniques are most effective in improving healthcare utilisation in COPD self-management programmes? A protocol for a systematic review, Bmj Open Respiratory Research, Vol:6, ISSN:2052-4439

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