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Vanya C. Jones, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 544
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety LongROAD
Ruth and Norman Rales Center

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
BS, Bowling Green State University, 1996


I work at the nexus of research and practice to reduce injuries by applying social and behavioral science theories and research methods to create, implement, and evaluate behavior change programs.  My program of research and practice activities addresses both unintentional and intentional injuries among vulnerable populations of children, adolescents, and older adults. I have specific expertise in older driver research, youth development and violence prevention, and child injury prevention.

Honors and Awards

JHU Health, Behavior and Society Departmental Teaching Award, 2017-18

Excellence in Teaching Recognition for Winter Institute 2015-16, Fall First Term 2016-17

JHU SOURCE November 2013 Service Champion of the Month


JHU SOURCE 2013 Mentoring and Teaching Service Award

SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, 2012-2013

  • program development
  • program evaluation
  • injury prevention
  • violence
  • health education
  • youth fighting
  • health behavior
  • urban youth
  • mentoring
  • parents
  • school health
  • older adults
  • older driver

These are publications that highlight that context is important to addressing behavior change (e.g., access to services and safety devices), and goes beyond research (e.g., randomized trials) to improve established structures (e.g., schools) for improvements in health and social outcomes .

  • Johnson, S & Jones, V (2010)Adolescent development and risk of injury: Using developmental science to improve interventions, Injury Prevention (In Press)Jones, V, Bradshaw, C, Haynie, D, Simons-Morton, B, Gielen AC, Cheng, T, (2009) A Glimpse into Urban Middle Schools on Probation for “Persistently Dangerous” Status: Identifying Malleable Predictors Associated with Fighting, Journal of School Violence, 8(4) 284-300.
  • Kennedy, H.*, Jones, V., Gielen, A. (2018) Reported fire safety and first-aid amenities in Airbnb venues in 16 American cities. Injury Prevention. Epub ahead of print
  • Jones, V., Gielen, AC., Bailey, M., Rebok, G., Gaines, J., Joyce, J., Parrish, J. (2013). “One of my fears is that the time will come where I’ll be unable to drive anymore. And I’m not looking forward to that”: A mixed methods feasibility study to assess older driver’s risk impairment. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(4): 468-483.
  • Jones, V., Johnson, R., Rebok, G., Roth, K.*, Gielen, A., Baker, S.P., Molnar, L.J., Pitts, S., GiGuiseppi, C., Hill, L., Strogatz, D., Mielenz, T., Eby, D., Li, G. (2018) The differences in the alternate sources of transportation used by older adult drivers and related to distances traveled. Transport and Health. Epub ahead of print (in press)
  • Lindstrom Johnson, S., Jones, V., Cheng, T. (2015) Promoting “Healthy Futures” to Reduce Risks in Behavior in Urban Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial, American Journal of Community Psychology. 56(2-1): 36-45.
  • A Fighting Chance
  • Baltimore Youth Violence Prevention
  • LongROAD
  • Seniors on the MOVE – A Feasibility Study
  • Seniors on the MOVE 2008