Beth A. Jones PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Cancer; Health disparities; Breast cancer; Mammography screening; African american; Black; Hispanic/latino; Breast density; Neighborhood; Racism; Obesity; Communication; GST-polymorphisms; P53; Survival

Current Projects

  • Cancer Screening Behavior in Hispanic/Latinas Living in the Northeast United States
  • Psychosocial Factors, Race, and Cancer Survival
  • Breast Cancer In Situ: Mammographic Risk Factors
  • Communicating with Low Health Literacy Patients about their Mammogram Result
  • Neighborhood and Mammography: A Multilevel approach to Cancer Screening Behavior

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.

Selected Publications

  • Dailey AL, Kasl SV, Lewis T, Holford T, Jones BA. Neighborhood- and Individual-level Socioeconomic Variation in Perceptions of Racial Discrimination. Ethn Health. 2010 Apr;15(2):145-63. PMID: 20407967
  • Jones BA, Christensen A, Wise J, Yu H. Glutathione S-Transferase Polymorphisms and Survival in African American and White Colorectal Patients. Cancer Epidemiology. 2009; 33(3-4): 249-6. PMID: 19748847
  • Calvocoressi, L., Sun, A., Kasl, S.V., Claus, E.B., and Jones, B.A. Mammography Screening of Women in their 40s. Impact of Changes in Screening Guidelines. Cancer 112: 473-480, 2008
  • Jones BA, Liu WL, Ararujo A, Kasl SV, Silvera SN, Soler-Vilá H, Curnen MCG, Dubrow R. Explaining the Race Difference in Prostate Cancer Stage at Diagnosis. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 2008;17(10): 1-10.
  • Jones, B.A., Reams, K., Calvocoressi, L., Dailey, A., Kasl, S.V., and Liston, N.M. Adequacy of Communicating Results from Screening Mammograms to African American and White Women. American Journal of Public Health 97: 531-538, 2007
  • Dailey, A., Kasl, S.V., Holford, T.R., Calvocoressi, L., and Jones, B.A. Neighborhood-level Socioeconomic Predictors of Non-adherence to Mammography Screening Guidelines. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 16(11): 2293-2303, 2007
  • Jones BA, Dailey A, Calvocoressi L, Reams K, Kasl SV, Lee CH, Hsu H. Inadequate Follow-up of Abnormal Screening Mammograms: Findings from the Race Differences in Screening Mammography Process Study. Cancer Causes and Control 2005;16:809-21. PMID:16132791
  • Soler-Vila, H., Kasl, S.V., and Jones, B.A. Cancer-specific Beliefs and Survival: A Population-based Study of African-American and White Breast Cancer Patients. Cancer Causes and Control 16(2): 105-114, 2005
  • Jones, BA, Kasl SV, Howe CL, Lachman M, Dubrow R, Curnen MM, Soler-Vila H, Beeghly A, Duan F, Owens P. African American/White Differences in Breast Cancer Tumors: p53 Alterations and Other Tumor Characteristics. Cancer 101:1293-1301, 2004. PMID: 15368321
  • Jones BA, Kasl SV, Curnen MGM, Owens PH, Dubrow R. Black/White Difference in Stage at Diagnosis of Breast Cancer: Severe Obesity as an Explanatory Factor. American Journal of Epidemiology 146:394-404, 1997. PMID: 9290499

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