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)

Maternal precarious employment and child overweight/obesity in the United States.
(2023 Apr)
Prev Med 169(): 107471
Zhuang CC, Jones-Smith JC, Andrea SB, Hajat A, Oddo VM

Changes in Precarious Employment and Health in the United States Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
(2023 Feb)
Prev Med Rep 31(): 102113
Oddo VM, Jones-Smith JC, Knox MA

Association between precarious employment and BMI in the United States.
(2023 Jan)
Obesity (Silver Spring) 31(1): 234-242
Oddo VM, Zhuang CC, Dugan JA, Andrea SB, Hajat A, Peckham T, Jones-Smith JC

Neighborhood Disadvantage, Patterns of Unhealthy Alcohol Use, and Differential Associations by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Rurality: A Study of Veterans Health Administration Patients.
(2022 Nov)
J Stud Alcohol Drugs 83(6): 867-878
Edmonds AT, Rhew IC, Jones-Smith J, Chan KCG, De Castro AB, Rubinsky AD, Blosnich JR, Williams EC

The Availability and Price of Healthy Food in Seattle by Neighborhood Sociodemographic Characteristics.
(2022 Nov 23)
Prev Chronic Dis 19(): E77
Neff Warner L, Pinero Walkinshaw L, Oddo VM, Knox MA, Hurvitz PM, Rocha A, Chan N, Saelens BE, Jones-Smith JC

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