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Jessica Jones-Smith

Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Epidemiology


PhD   University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2010   (Nutritional Epidemiology)
MPH   University of California (Berkeley), 2007   (Public Health Nutrition)
BS   Loyola University (Chicago), 1999   (Food and Nutrition Science)

Contact Info


office:   306B, Raitt Hall

campus box:   353410
voice:   206-685-4579

Dr. Jones-Smith is an obesity epidemiologist who studies social, environmental and economic causes and correlates of obesity risk. Specifically, her research focuses on investigating distal drivers of nutrition-related health inequities and follows three main lines: 1) investigating community and individual economic resources as causal factors in obesity-related health status; 2) evaluating the obesity-related impacts of health and non-health related policies; and 3) documenting disparities in nutrition-related diseases based on socioeconomic factors and race/ethnicity, across the lifespan and in numerous populations. Her current approach combines public health nutrition and epidemiologic methods with econometric techniques to study these topics.

Mui Y, Gittelsohn J, Jones-Smith JC. Longitudinal Associations between Change in Neighborhood Social Disorder and Change in Food Swamps in an Urban Setting. J Urban Health. 2017 Jan 10. doi: 10.1007/s11524-016-0107-0. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28074429    PMCID: PMC5359167

Oddo VM, Nicholas LH, Bleich SN, Jones-Smith JC. The impact of changing economic conditions on overweight risk among children in California from 2008 to 2012. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Sep;70(9):874-80. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-207117.  PMID: 27251405

Chodur GM, Shen Y, Kodish S, Oddo VM, Antiporta DA, Jock B, Jones-Smith JC. Food Environments around American Indian Reservations: A Mixed Methods Study. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 25;11(8):e0161132. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161132. eCollection 2016.  PMID: 27560132

Kodish SR, Gittelsohn J, Oddo VM, Jones-Smith JC. Impacts of casinos on key pathways to health: qualitative findings from American Indian gaming communities in California. BMC Public Health. 2016 Jul 22;16:621. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3279-3.  PMID: 27449109    PMCID: PMC4957391

Vedovato GM, Surkan PJ, Jones-Smith J, Steeves EA, Han E, Trude AC, Kharmats AY, Gittelsohn J. Food insecurity, overweight and obesity among low-income African-American families in Baltimore City: associations with food-related perceptions. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Jun;19(8):1405-16. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015002888. Epub 2015 Oct 6.  PMID: 26441159    PMCID: PMC4823174

King County Sodium Reduction Partnership – Sodium Reduction in High Need School Districts and Emergency Food System
Seattle-King County Department of Public Health
PI:   Jones-Smith           Dates:    9/30/2017 - 9/29/2018

Evaluation of Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
PI:   Jones-Smith           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

Evaluation of Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
PI:   Jones-Smith           Dates:    6/1/2016 - 8/31/2016