Jessica Jones-Smith

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



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



Office HRC 448
Box 351621
University of Washington
3980 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195

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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Healthy Food Environments in Food Pantries: Lessons Learned from a Sodium Reduction Intervention.
(2021 Dec 15)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(24):
Quinn EL, Ortiz K, Titzer L, Houston-Shimizu B, Jones-Smith J

A Qualitative Study of Living in a Healthy Food Priority Area in One Seattle, WA, Neighborhood.
(2021 Nov 22)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(22):
Wool JL, Walkinshaw LP, Spigner C, Thayer EK, Jones-Smith JC

Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders.
J Hunger Environ Nutr 16(2): 213-234
Steeves EA, Trude ACB, Ruggiero CF, Ruiz MJM, Jones-Smith JC, Porter KP, Cheskin L, Hurley K, Hopkins L, Gittelsohn J

Association Between Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and 100% Fruit Juice With Poor Mental Health Among US Adults in 11 US States and the District of Columbia.
(2021 May 20)
Prev Chronic Dis 18(): E51
Freije SL, Senter CC, Avery AD, Hawes SE, Jones-Smith JC

Qualitative Study on Participant Perceptions of a Supermarket Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program.
(2021 Aug)
J Acad Nutr Diet 121(8): 1497-1506
Riemer S, Walkinshaw LP, Auvinen A, Marcinkevage J, Daniel M, Jones-Smith JC

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