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


Health Services Profile

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 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
UW School of Public Health Faculty Profile, 02/23/2018