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)

Evaluation of Seattle's sweetened beverage tax on tax support and perceived economic and health impacts.
(2022 Jun)
Prev Med Rep 27(): 101809
Oddo VM, Knox MA, Pinero Walkinshaw L, Saelens BE, Chan N, Jones-Smith JC

Association between health care access and food insecurity among lower-income older adults with multiple chronic conditions in Washington State, USA.
(2022 May 23)
Public Health Nutr
Hill CM, Tseng AS, Holzhauer K, Littman AJ, Jones-Smith JC

Patient-centered primary care and receipt of evidence-based alcohol-related care in the national Veterans Health Administration.
(2022 Jul)
J Subst Abuse Treat 138(): 108709
Edmonds AT, Rhew IC, Jones-Smith J, Chan KCG, Nelson K, Williams EC

Impacts of the Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax on the Perceived Healthfulness of Sweetened Beverages.
(2022 Feb 26)
Nutrients 14(5):
Sawyer L, Oddo VM, Fretts A, Knox MA, Chan N, Saelens BE, Jones-Smith JC

Menu Labeling Utilization and Socioeconomic Status in West Virginia and Mississippi.
(2022 Feb)
J Nutr Educ Behav 54(2): 172-180
Neff Warner LR, Ruderman SA, Zinsli KA, Jones-Smith JC, Littman AJ

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