Resa M. Jones, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Massey Cancer Center
One Capitol Square, 8th floor, suite 822
Phone: (804) 628-2519
- BA - University of Minnesota, 1995
- MPH - University of Minnesota, 1999
- PHD - University of Minnesota, 2004
Massey Cancer Center
Behavioral epidemiology and methods related to cancer prevention and control; Community-based group and individually randomized interventions to increase cancer screening rates; Observational studies to assess predictors and barriers to screening behaviors (particularly colorectal cancer screening) in general and in underserved populations; Pragmatic trials; Design and analyses for hierarchical (cluster) and complex (probabilistic) studies; Mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative); Structural equation modeling to assess psychosocial predictors of health behaviors; Youth tobacco prevention interventions; and Utilization-focused survey research and program evaluation.
Graduate Programs Director (Master of Public Health Program and Epidemiology Doctoral Program), March, 2012-November, 2015
Cancer Epidemiology: EPID 620. Spring Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: EPID 571, BIOS 547-548, minimum grade of B and EPID 547-548, minimum grade of B. Covers general principles of carcinogenesis and the genetics of cancer; domestic and international patterns in cancer incidence and mortality; cancer surveillance and screening, and their relation to cancer prevention; epidemiologic characteristics and risk factors for cancers to the lung, breast, prostate, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, bladder, endometrium, ovary, cervix and skin, as well as cancer in children and young adults; and the public health implications of cancer. Additional focus on critical evaluation of different methodological approaches used in cancer research and potential biases inherent given study designs.
Behavioral Epidemiology: EPID 648. Spring Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: EPID 571; SBHD 605 with a minimum grade of B; and BIOS 543 or BIOS 547 and EPID 547 with minimum grades of B; or permission of instructor. Covers behavioral epidemiology and its role in public health. Students will be able to identify and explain the appropriate methods for measuring health-related behaviors and related psychosocial constructs; critically analyze the appropriateness of methods used within published studies on behavior as well as determine appropriate methods for behavior-related research questions; and apply behavioral theory/models to current public health problems including, but not limited to, intervention development and evaluation.
Advanced Epidemiologic Methods and Data Analysis: EPID 652. Fall Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: EPID 650 and EPID 651 or Intermediate level epidemiology course at the master's level (e.g., EPID 606) with a minimum grade of B and BIOS 554, minimum grade of B. Focuses on development of analytical strategies for data analysis guided by epidemiologic principles. Specific statistical modeling will be tailored for analysis of data from cross-sectional, case-control and cohort studies with emphasis on causal inference, prediction, controlling for confounding and assessment of interaction and intermediate effects. Course topics include logistic regression, Poisson regression, Cox proportional hazards model, propensity score method, generalized estimating equations, path analysis techniques, and hierarchical regression.
- 2013 - School of Medicine Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Source of Award: VCU School of Medicine – selected based on excellent student evaluations.
- 2008 - Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Best Research Paper Award for Krist AH, Jones RM, Woolf SH, Woessner S, Merenstein D, Kerns JW, Foliaco W, Jackson P. Timing of repeat colonoscopy: Disparity between guidelines and endoscopists’ recommendation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;33(6):471-47.
- 2008 - Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Epidemiology and CommunityHealth, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Source of Award: VCU Public Health Student Association – nominated and selected by the Master of Public Health students.
- 2007 - School of Medicine Outstanding Departmental Teacher Award, Department ofEpidemiology and Community Health, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Source of Award: VCU School of Medicine – selected based on excellent student evaluations.
- 2000–2004 - National Research Service Award – Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, Predoctoral Trainee, PHS T32 CA09607, National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.
- 1998–1999 - Collaborative Evaluation Fellow, American Cancer Society. National Home Office, Atlanta, GA.
- American Public Health Association (APHA): Executive Board, 2014 – 2018 and 2001 – 2002; Strategic Planning Committee Chair, 2015 – present; Nominating Committee, 2009 – 2012; Governing Councilor, 2006 – 2012; Advisory Board Member, APHA - Student Assembly, 2005 – present; Epidemiology Section Secretary, 2004 – 2006
- American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO): Career Development Program Committee Chair, 2005 – 2006
- Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
- Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
- Virginia Public Health Association (VAPHA)
- Virginia Cancer Plan Action Coalition - Early Detection Centers: (1) VCU Massey Cancer Center – Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program and (2) VCU Center on Health Disparities
- Jones RM, Wiseman KP, Kharitonova M. Association between high school students’ cigarette smoking, asthma and related beliefs: a population-based study. BMC Public Health. 2016 Sep 1;16(1):913.
- Wiseman KP, Bishop DL, Shen Q, Jones RM. Survivorship care plans and time since diagnosis: Factors that contribute to who breast cancer survivors see for the majority of their care. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2015; 23(9):2669-76.
- Jones RM,Wallace IJ, Westerberg A, Hoy KN, Quillin JM, Danish SJ. Getting youth to Check it Out!®: A new approach to teaching self-screening. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2015;39(2):197-204.
- Jones RM, Vernon SW, Woolf SH. Is discussion of colorectal cancer screening options associated with heightened patient confusion? Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2010;19(11):2821-5.
- Jones RM, Devers KJ, Kuzel AK, Woolf SH. Patient-reported barriers to colorectal cancer screening: A mixed methods approach. American Journal Preventive Medicine. 2010;38(5):508-16.
- Jones RM, Woolf SH, Cunningham TD, Johnson RE, Krist AH, Rothemich S, Vernon SW. The relative importance of patient-reported barriers to colorectal cancer screening. American Journal Preventive Medicine. 2010;38(5):499-507.
- Woolf SH, Jones RM, Krist AH, Rothemich SF. The priority is screening, not colonoscopy. American Journal of Public Health. 2009;99:2117-8.
- Jones RM, Mongin SJ, Lazovich D, Church TR, Yeazel MW. Validity of four self-reported colorectal cancer screening modalities in a general population: Differences over time and by intervention assignment. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2008 Apr;17(4):777-84.
- *Krist AH, Jones RM, Woolf SH, Woessner S, Merenstein D, Kerns JW, Foliaco W, Jackson P. Timing of repeat colonoscopy: Disparity between guidelines and endoscopists’ recommendation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2007;33(6):471-47. * Recipient of the 2008 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Best Research Paper Award.