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)

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

Costs, Reach, and Benefits of COVID-19 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer and Grab-and-Go School Meals for Ensuring Youths' Access to Food During School Closures.
(2022 Aug 1)
JAMA Netw Open 5(8): e2229514
Kenney EL, Walkinshaw LP, Shen Y, Fleischhacker SE, Jones-Smith J, Bleich SN, Krieger JW

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

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