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Jessica C. Jones-Smith, PhD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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PhD, University of North Carolina, 2010
MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 2007


I am a nutrition epidemiologist and my research focuses on socioeconomic and contextual correlates of nutrition-related chronic diseases across the life-course. My past and current research pertains to 1) socioeconomic status, obesity, and nutrition transitions in low- and middle-income countries, 2) health disparities in nutrition-related conditions, and 3) early life risk factors for chronic disease. My long-term goal is to effectively bridge nutrition, epidemiology, and public health with econometrics to investigate structural approaches aimed at improving nutrition-related health among vulnerable populations.

  • Obesity, Economic Resources, Socioeconomic Status, Health Disparities, Non-communicable disease, Nutrition Transition
  • Jones-Smith JC, Dow WH, Chichlowska K. Association between casino opening or expansion and risk of childhood overweight and obesity. JAMA. (In press). 

  • Jones-Smith JC, Gordon-Larsen P, Siddiqi A, Popkin BM. Country-level correlates of time trends in overweight inequality by socioeconomic status using repeated cross-sectional surveys from 37 developing countries (1991-2007). American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011;173(6): 667-675.


  • Jones-Smith JC, Gordon-Larsen P, Siddiqi A, Popkin BM. Emerging disparities in overweight by educational attainment in Chinese Adults (1989-2006). International Journal of Obesity. 2012; 36(6):866-75.

  • Jones-Smith JC, Karter AJ, Warton EM, Kelly M, Kersten E, Moffet HH, Adler N, Schillinger D, Laraia BA. Obesity and the food environment: income and ethnicity differences among people with diabetes, the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). Diabetes Care 2013 Sep;36(9):2697-705. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2190.

  • Gordon-Larsen P & Jones-Smith J. Challenges in ameliorating hunger without increasing obesity. The Lancet. 2012; 380(9844): 787-789