RESEARCH

Dr. Jones studies the linkages between residence and health. He also explores racial variation in both residence and health as a unique contribution to science. Although he focuses on health and well-being across various stages of the life course, he relies on sociological theories to understand how place and race affect health and illness. As a methodologist and statistician, Dr. Jones utilizes population data collected at many levels to demonstrate variation in how space is related to health.

 

To learn more about his research, check one of these websites:

Contextual, environmental, and geographic dimensions of health


As an urban sociologist, Dr. Jones explores contextual, environmental, and geographical dimensions of health. He studies how physical characteristics (e.g., parks, physical activity-promoting resources) and social characteristics (e.g., racial residential segregation and metropolitan levels of foreclosure) are associated with various health outcomes. Contextually, Dr. Jones has taken US literature on health and tested its applicability in international contexts. Below are publications illustrating this line of research:

2018. Geographic and individual correlates of subclinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic rural Appalachian population

2016. Immigrant neighborhood concentration, acculturation and obesity among young adults

 

2015. Foreclosure is not an equal opportunity stressor: How inequality fuels the adverse health implications of the nation's financial

 crisis

2015. Residential segregation and diabetes risk among Latinos

2015. Neighborhood racial composition, institutional socialization, and intraracial feelings of closeness among black Americans

2015. Neighborhood disadvantage, physical activity barriers, and physical activity among African American breast cancer survivors

2015. Residential instability and obesity over time: The role of the social and built environment

 

2014. Lifecourse socioeconomic status and cardiovascular illness in Latin America

 

2013. Segregation and cardiovascular illness: The role of individual and metropolitan socioeconomic status

2013. Black-White residential segregation and diabetes status: Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

 

2010. Differences in tobacco use between Canada and the United States

 

2008. Rural, urban and suburban differences in coronary heart disease among Blacks and Whites in the US

Racial patterning of social and health outcomes

 

Broadly, Dr. Jones considers race and ethnicity as a social construct that has real social and health ramifications. In this realm, his research focuses specifically on Latinx, but these social and health disparities exist in the US and beyond. Dr. Jones’s overall goal is to provide evidence that can help eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in many social outcomes, including health. Publications illustrating this line of research follow:

2018. Race, socioeconomic status, and health during childhood: A longitudinal examination of racial/ethnic differences in parental

 socioeconomic timing and child obesity risk

2016. Immigrant neighborhood concentration, acculturation and obesity among young adults

 

2015. Residential segregation and diabetes risk among Latinos

2015. Neighborhood racial composition, institutional socialization, and intraracial feelings of closeness among black Americans

 

2015. Neighborhood disadvantage, physical activity barriers, and physical activity among African American breast cancer survivors

 

2014. Depression, race, gender and covenant marriage: An analysis of newly married couples

 

2014. Lifecourse socioeconomic status and cardiovascular illness in Latin America

 

2013. Black-White residential segregation and diabetes status: Results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

 

2012. Disability, health and generation status: How Hispanics in the US fare in late life

 

2011. Income, homeownership and residential assorting among Latinos in the US

 

2010. Stability of men's interracial first unions: A test of educational differentials and cohabitation history

 

2006. Race and the ‘I Have a Dream’ legacy: Exploring predictors of positive civil rights attitudes