Department of

Public Health Seminars:

10/17/2017

Topic: The genetic and environmental etiology of cannabis use and misuse, and the relationship between cannabis, education and annual income |

Dr. Nathan Gillespie, Associate Professor, Psychiatry


Resources:


Resa M. Jones, MPH, PhD

Resa Jones

 

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Associate Professor, Massey Cancer Center


One Capitol Square, 8th floor, suite 822
Phone: (804) 628-2519
E-mail: resa.jones@vcuhealth.org

 

Education

Affiliate Departments

Massey Cancer Center

Research Expertise

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.

Teaching Expertise

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.

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Selected Publications