Jessica Jones-Smith

Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Health Services



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)

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.
(2020 Dec 10)
J Acad Nutr Diet
Riemer S, Walkinshaw LP, Auvinen A, Marcinkevage J, Daniel M, Jones-Smith JC

Household socioeconomic status modifies the association between neighborhood SES and obesity in a nationally representative sample of first grade children in the United States.
(2020 Dec)
Prev Med Rep 20(): 101207
Miller M, Saldarriaga EM, Jones-Smith JC

Impact of a sweetened beverage tax on beverage prices in Seattle, WA.
(2020 Dec)
Econ Hum Biol 39(): 100917
Jones-Smith JC, Pinero Walkinshaw L, Oddo VM, Knox M, Neuhouser ML, Hurvitz PM, Saelens BE, Chan N

Association of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act With Dietary Quality Among Children in the US National School Lunch Program.
(2020 Jul 28)
JAMA 324(4): 359-368
Kinderknecht K, Harris C, Jones-Smith J

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