University of Washington School of Public Health

Jessica Jones-Smith - SPH Faculty Bio

Jessica Jones-Smith


Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Office: 306B, Raitt Hall
Box 353410
Tel: 206-685-4579

Research Interests

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.

Related Links

Epidemiology Biography Page
Health Services Biography Page


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

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