Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Assistant Director for Diversity and Health Equity, Yale Cancer Center ; Cancer Screening Program Director, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Environment and Public Health; Neoplasms; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Health Status Disparities; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Health Disparities; Obesity

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Prevention and Control

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
  • Psychosocial Factors, Race, and Cancer Survival
  • Disparities in Regular Mammography Screening in African American and White women
  • Racial / ethnic differences in tumor characteristics
  • Communicating with Low Health Literacy Patients about their Mammogram Result

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Contact Info

Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 438

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Center for Cancer Prevention Research
55 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510