School of Public Health

Jones-Smith, Jessica

Jessica Jones-Smith

Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Epidemiology


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

Contact Info

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.


In The News

Seattle's Soda Tax Almost Entirely Passed on to Consumers, Researchers Find
UW School of Public Health 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