Jessica Jones-Smith

Associate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Associate Professor, Epidemiology

University of Washington
Box 351621
3980 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1621


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.


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

In the News

So long, sodium: Researchers work with local school districts to prevent heart disease
SPH News, 03/19/2019

Study points to grocery store gap, inequity in access to healthy foods in the Seattle area
SPH News, 03/18/2019

More Seattleites are using food banks, but funding isn't keeping up
KUOW, 03/01/2019

Seattle's Soda Tax Almost Entirely Passed on to Consumers
SPH News, 01/07/2019

Lopsided I-1634 campaign, with millions from soda industry, blankets airwaves
The Seattle Times, 10/13/2018

Report: Seattle residents support soda tax
ASPPH, 08/16/2018

Seattle soda tax brings in more than $10M in first six months
The Seattle Times, 08/08/2018

Another fallout from the Great Recession: Fewer people took their blood pressure and diabetes medications
STAT, 03/13/2018

Close Up: Jessica Jones-Smith
SPH News, 02/23/2018

Soda tax goes into effect Jan. 1
Q13 TV, 01/03/2018