Jessie Seiler

Teaching Associate, Epidemiology


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington,
MPH Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University,
BA History, Philosophy, St. Johns College,



Jessie grew up in Los Angeles and, after completing her BA in philosophy and the history of math and science at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, spent three and a half years with the Peace Corps and USAID in Senegal, working in health education and malaria prevention. After coming back to the States, Jessie worked and volunteered with various non-profits focused on the social determinants of health for nine years before moving to Atlanta, where she earned her MPH in behavioral science and health education from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health while working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She completed her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology at UW’s School of Public Health in 2023. Jessie’s research interests include white supremacy culture and violence and bullying based on race, immigration status, and other social identities. As a teacher, she believes in decentralizing authority in the classroom and strives to use an anti-oppression framework in her curriculum. And as someone with a non-traditional path to and through academia, she is excited to connect with students at all stages, especially those who aren’t sure whether they want to pursue a PhD or where they fit in public health.

Research Interests

  • White supremacy culture  
  • Violence and bullying based on race, immigration status, and other social identities 
  • Mixed methods 
  • Qualitative methods 
  • Meta-science and epistemology of epidemiology

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Lessons Learned From Integrating Anti-Oppression Pedagogy in a Graduate-Level Course in Epidemiology.
(2023 Aug 4)
Am J Epidemiol 192(8): 1231-1237
Lyons VH, Seiler J, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Adhia A

A cross-sectional analysis of work schedule notice and depressive symptoms in the United States.
(2023 Jun)
SSM Popul Health 22(): 101413
Hawkinson CB, Andrea SB, Hajat A, Minh A, Owens S, Blaikie K, Seiler J, Molino AR, Oddo VM

Causal and Associational Language in Observational Health Research: A Systematic Evaluation.
(2022 Nov 19)
Am J Epidemiol 191(12): 2084-2097
Haber NA, Wieten SE, Rohrer JM, Arah OA, Tennant PWG, Stuart EA, Murray EJ, Pilleron S, Lam ST, Riederer E, Howcutt SJ, Simmons AE, Leyrat C, Schoenegger P, Booman A, Dufour MK, O'Donoghue AL, Baglini R, Do S, Takashima MR, Evans TR, Rodriguez-Molina D, Alsalti TM, Dunleavy DJ, Meyerowitz-Katz G, Antonietti A, Calvache JA, Kelson MJ, Salvia MG, Parra CO, Khalatbari-Soltani S, McLinden T, Chatton A, Seiler J, Steriu A, Alshihayb TS, Twardowski SE, Dabravolskaj J, Au E, Hoopsick RA, Suresh S, Judd N, Peña S, Axfors C, Khan P, Rivera Aguirre AE, Odo NU, Schmid I, Fox MP

A Novel Curriculum Review Process for Initiating the Incorporation of Antiracist Principles Into Epidemiology Course Work.
(2022 Aug 22)
Am J Epidemiol 191(9): 1527-1531
Seiler J, Hajat A, Khosropour CM, Guthrie BL, Balkus JE

Social Media-Based Interventions for Health Behavior Change in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review.
(2022 Apr 14)
J Med Internet Res 24(4): e31889
Seiler J, Libby TE, Jackson E, Lingappa JR, Evans WD

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