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Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Associate Director for Community Engagement, Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE); Inaugural Director, Cancer Screening & Prevention Program

Research Summary

Dr. Jones is a cancer epidemiologist who works on health disparities. Her research is focused on racial/ethnic differences in the incidence, morbidity and mortality of cancer, particularly breast cancer. Using a multidisciplinary approach, she is evaluating the role(s) of tumor characteristics, selected genetic alterations and genetic polymorphisms, as well as social class, medical care, and psychosocial factors, in explaining the lower cancer survival of African Americans as compared with Whites. Additionally, she is researching the process of screening mammography and the racial/ethnic-specific factors that influence future screening and screening outcomes. Another area of her cancer prevention research includes a study of African American/White differences in the prevalence and correlates of high-risk breast density patterns.

Extensive Research Description

  • Cancer Screening Behavior in Hispanic/Latinas Living in the Northeast United States
  • Cancer Disparities
  • Mammography Screening in African American and White women
  • Racial / ethnic differences in tumor characteristics
  • Race Differences and Breast Density

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Neoplasms; Social Class; Socioeconomic Factors; Epidemiologic Factors; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Minority Health; Health Status Disparities; Healthcare Disparities; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Community Health; Obesity; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

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