Resa M. Jones

Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.


Dr. Resa M. Jones is the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a member of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is a seasoned leader and educator with a strong portfolio in epidemiological research who will take on the challenge of leading this new department’s pedagogical mission and development and research growth. Additionally, she leads the Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program.

Dr. Jones earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Epidemiology program, which is ranked 8th in the U.S. and is known for its behavioral and social epidemiology and large cohort-based research. Dr. Jones was faculty atVirginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health from 2004 to 2017. She held a joint appointment at the VCU Massey Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center and was a member of the VCU Center on Health Disparities.

Dr. Jones’ track record in translational research and community collaboration is important as we develop our portfolio of community-engaged research—a major priority for the department and College of Public Health. She is a behavioral, cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on colorectal cancer prevention, particularly screening and its barriers and predictors. She translates national policy agendas, particularly related to colorectal cancer screening, into research hypotheses that can be tested and have significant potential to benefit the public’s health. She values interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to problem solving and most recently, she has partnered with colleagues and community members locally and nationally as principal investigator of two large community-based projects to increase colorectal cancer screening. These multi-level interventions include CRCS-WISDM, which combines shared decision-making in rural primary care practice with features targeted to all community residents, and MyCRCS, a NCI-funded study, which developed and is currently evaluating an interactive, web-based decision support tool that is integrated with the electronic medical record. In addition, she is principal investigator of a study funded by the Water Foundation exploring health and psychosocial impacts of PFAS-contaminated drinking water exposure.

Dr. Jones has extensive experience with course development and educational programming. At VCU she served as Director of the doctoral program in epidemiology and oversaw the School of Medicine’s MPH program and its re-accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. She is a skilled instructor, having received three awards for excellence in teaching within the School of Medicine at VCU.

Dr. Jones is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology and is well known within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and national organizations related to cancer research. She has held several leadership positions in APHA including Chair of the Executive Board and a Governing Councilor; she is currently on the Science Board. Her strong ties in the profession will be of immense use to the College of Public Health as we build our reputation within the community of accredited Schools of Public Health.

Courses Taught




EPBI 8212

Grantsmanship in Health Research


EPBI 8213

Cancer Epidemiology


EPBI 8303

Behavioral Epidemiology


Selected Publications

  • Casola, A.R., Matson, P.A., & Jones, R.M. (2022). Association between relationship characteristics, sexual health attitudes, and dual contraceptive use among young adult college students aged 18-24. J Am Coll Health, 70(1), pp. 314-324. United States. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2020.1751172

  • Paliwal, Y., Jones, R.M., Moczygemba, L.R., Gendron, T.L., Nadpara, P.A., Parab, P., & Slattum, P.W. (2021). Over-the-counter medication use in residents of senior living communities: A survey study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003), 61(6), pp. 736-744. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2021.05.023

  • Blackman, E.L., Ragin, C., & Jones, R.M. (2021). Colorectal Cancer Screening Prevalence and Adherence for the Cancer Prevention Project of Philadelphia (CAP3) Participants Who Self-Identify as Black. Front Oncol, 11, p. 690718. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2021.690718

  • Tabriz, A.A., Fleming, P.J., Shin, Y., Resnicow, K., Jones, R.M., Flocke, S.A., Shires, D.A., Hawley, S.T., Willens, D., & Lafata, J.E. (2019). Challenges and opportunities using online portals to recruit diverse patients to behavioral trials. J Am Med Inform Assoc, 26(12), pp. 1637-1644. England. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocz157

  • Wheeler, D.C., Raman, S., Jones, R.M., Schootman, M., & Nelson, E.J. (2019). Bayesian deprivation index models for explaining variation in elevated blood lead levels among children in Maryland. Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol, 30, p. 100286. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.sste.2019.100286

  • Paliwal, Y., Gendron, T.L., Jones, R.M., Moczygemba, L., Nadpara, P.A., & Slattum, P.W. (2019). A qualitative study to understand over-the-counter medication use and decision-making among residents of senior-living communities. Res Social Adm Pharm, 15(6), pp. 730-737. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.09.004

  • Wheeler, D.C., Jones, R.M., Schootman, M., & Nelson, E.J. (2019). Explaining variation in elevated blood lead levels among children in Minnesota using neighborhood socioeconomic variables. Sci Total Environ, 650(Pt 1), pp. 970-977. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.088

  • Pakyz, A.L., Kohinke, R., Opper, P., Hohmann, S.F., Jones, R.M., & Nadpara, P. (2019). High-risk medication use for Clostridium difficile infection among hospitalized patients with cancer. Am J Infect Control, 47(2), pp. 217-219. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.07.016

  • Dyer, K.E., Shires, D.A., Flocke, S.A., Hawley, S.T., Jones, R.M., Resnicow, K., Shin, Y., & Lafata, J.E. (2019). Patient-Reported Needs Following a Referral for Colorectal Cancer Screening. Am J Prev Med, 56(2), pp. 271-280. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.08.017

  • Lafata, J.E., Shin, Y., Flocke, S.A., Hawley, S.T., Jones, R.M., Resnicow, K., Schreiber, M., Shires, D.A., & Tu, S. (2019). Randomised trial to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of offering postvisit decision support and assistance in obtaining physician-recommended colorectal cancer screening: the e-assist: Colon Health study-a protocol study. BMJ Open, 9(1), p. e023986. England. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023986

  • Kennedy, M.G., McClish, D., Jones, R.M., Jin, Y., Wilson, D.B., & Bishop, D.L. (2018). Effects of an entertaining, culturally targeted narrative and an appealing expert interview on the colorectal screening intentions of African American women. J Community Psychol, 46(7), pp. 925-940. United States. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21983

  • Woolf, S.H., Krist, A.H., Lafata, J.E., Jones, R.M., Lehman, R.R., Hochheimer, C.J., Sabo, R.T., Frosch, D.L., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., & Longo, D.R. (2018). Engaging Patients in Decisions About Cancer Screening: Exploring the Decision Journey Through the Use of a Patient Portal. Am J Prev Med, 54(2), pp. 237-247. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.10.027

  • Krist, A.H., Woolf, S.H., Hochheimer, C., Sabo, R.T., Kashiri, P., Jones, R.M., Lafata, J.E., Etz, R.S., & Tu, S. (2017). Harnessing Information Technology to Inform Patients Facing Routine Decisions: Cancer Screening as a Test Case. Ann Fam Med, 15(3), pp. 217-224. United States. doi: 10.1370/afm.2063

  • Wheeler, D.C., Czarnota, J., & Jones, R.M. (2017). Estimating an area-level socioeconomic status index and its association with colonoscopy screening adherence. PLoS One, 12(6), p. e0179272. United States. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179272

  • Jones, R.M., Wiseman, K.P., & Kharitonova, M. (2016). Association between high school students' cigarette smoking, asthma and related beliefs: a population-based study. BMC Public Health, 16(1), p. 913. England. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3579-7

  • Aelion, C.M., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Alemagno, S., Amler, R.W., Arnett, D.K., Balas, A., Bertozzi, S., Blakely, C.H., Boerwinkle, E., Brandt-Rauf, P., Buekens, P.M., Chandler, G.T., Chang, R.W., Clark, J.E., Cleary, P.D., Curran, J.W., Curry, S.J., Roux, A.V.D., Dittus, R., Ellerbeck, E.F., El-Mohandes, A., Eriksen, M.P., Erwin, P.C., Evans, G., Finnegan, J.R., Fried, L.P., Frumkin, H., Galea, S., Goff, D.C., Goldman, L.R., Guilarte, T.R., Rivera-Gutiérrez, R., Halverson, P.K., Hand, G.A., Harris, C.M., Healton, C.G., Hennig, N., Heymann, J., Hunter, D., Hwang, W., Jones, R.M., Klag, M.J., Klesges, L.M., Lahey, T., Lawlor, E.F., Maddock, J., Martin, W.J., Mazzaschi, A.J., Michael, M., Mohammed, S.D., Nasca, P.C., Nash, D., Ogunseitan, O.A., Perez, R.A., Perri, M., Petersen, D.J., Peterson, D.V., Philbert, M., Pinto-Martin, J., Raczynski, J.M., Raskob, G.E., Rimer, B.K., Rohrbach, L.A., Rudkin, L.L., Siminoff, L., Szapocznik, J., Thombs, D., Torabi, M.R., Weiler, R.M., Wetle, T.F., Williams, P.L., Wykoff, R., & Ying, J. (2016). The US Cancer Moonshot initiative. Lancet Oncol, 17(5), pp. e178-e180. England. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30054-7

  • Wiseman, K.P., Bishop, D.L., Shen, Q., & Jones, R.M. (2015). Survivorship care plans and time since diagnosis: factors that contribute to who breast cancer survivors see for the majority of their care. Support Care Cancer, 23(9), pp. 2669-2676. Germany. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-2629-5

  • Jones, R.M., Wallace, I.J., Westerberg, A., Hoy, K.N., Quillin, J.M., & Danish, S.J. (2015). Getting youth to Check it Out!®: a new approach to teaching self-screening. Am J Health Behav, 39(2), pp. 197-204. England. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.2.6

  • Mazzeo, S.E., Kelly, N.R., Stern, M., Gow, R.W., Serdar, K., Evans, R.K., Jones, R.M., & Bulik, C.M. (2012). Nourishing Our Understanding of Role Modeling to Improve Support and Health (NOURISH): design and methods. Contemp Clin Trials, 33(3), pp. 515-522. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2012.01.003

  • Wilson, D.B., Jones, R.M., McClish, D., Westerberg, A.L., & Danish, S. (2012). Fruit and vegetable intake among rural youth following a school-based randomized controlled trial. Prev Med, 54(2), pp. 150-156. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.11.005

  • Jones, R.M., Vernon, S.W., & Woolf, S.H. (2010). Is discussion of colorectal cancer screening options associated with heightened patient confusion? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 19(11), pp. 2821-2825. United States. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0695

  • Wilson, D.B., Johnson, R.E., Jones, R.M., Krist, A.H., Woolf, S.H., & Flores, S.K. (2010). Patient weight counseling choices and outcomes following a primary care and community collaborative intervention. Patient Educ Couns, 79(3), pp. 338-343. Ireland. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2010.01.025

  • Jones, R.M., Devers, K.J., Kuzel, A.J., & Woolf, S.H. (2010). Patient-reported barriers to colorectal cancer screening: a mixed-methods analysis. Am J Prev Med, 38(5), pp. 508-516. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.01.021

  • Jones, R.M., Woolf, S.H., Cunningham, T.D., Johnson, R.E., Krist, A.H., Rothemich, S.F., & Vernon, S.W. (2010). The relative importance of patient-reported barriers to colorectal cancer screening. Am J Prev Med, 38(5), pp. 499-507. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.01.020

  • Woolf, S.H., Jones, R.M., Johnson, R.E., Phillips, R.L., Oliver, M.N., Bazemore, A., & Vichare, A. (2010). Avertable deaths associated with household income in Virginia. Am J Public Health, 100(4), pp. 750-755. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.165142

  • Krist, A.H., Woolf, S.H., Johnson, R.E., Rothemich, S.F., Cunningham, T.D., Jones, R.M., Wilson, D.B., & Devers, K.J. (2010). Patient costs as a barrier to intensive health behavior counseling. Am J Prev Med, 38(3), pp. 344-348. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2009.11.010

  • Woolf, S.H., Jones, R.M., Rothemich, S.F., & Krist, A. (2009). The priority is screening, not colonoscopy. Am J Public Health, 99(12), pp. 2117-2118. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.177584

  • Kiviniemi, M.T., Hay, J.L., James, A.S., Lipkus, I.M., Meissner, H.I., Stefanek, M., Studts, J.L., Bridges, J.F.P., Close, D.R., Erwin, D.O., Jones, R.M., Kaiser, K., Kash, K.M., Kelly, K.M., Lee, S.J.C., Purnell, J.Q., Siminoff, L.A., Vadaparampil, S.T., & Wang, C. (2009). Decision making about cancer screening: an assessment of the state of the science and a suggested research agenda from the ASPO Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Communication Special Interest Group. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 18(11), pp. 3133-3137. United States. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-11-ASPO

  • Wilson, D.B., McClish, D., Tracy, K., Quillin, J., Jones, R., & Bodurtha, J. (2009). Variations in breast cancer screening and health behaviors by age and race among attendees of women's health clinics. J Natl Med Assoc, 101(6), pp. 528-535. United States. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)30937-8

  • Mitchell, R.J., Weisman, S.R., Jones, R.M., & Erickson, D. (2009). The role of labor organizations in tobacco control: what do unionized workers think? Am J Health Promot, 23(3), pp. 182-186. United States. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.07081083

  • Bodurtha, J., Quillin, J.M., Tracy, K.A., Borzelleca, J., McClish, D., Wilson, D.B., Jones, R.M., Quillin, J., & Bowen, D. (2009). Mammography screening after risk-tailored messages: the women improving screening through education and risk assessment (WISER) randomized, controlled trial. J Womens Health (Larchmt), 18(1), pp. 41-47. United States. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2007.0703

  • Quillin, J.M., McClish, D.K., Jones, R.M., Wilson, D.B., Tracy, K.A., Bowen, D., Borzelleca, J., & Bodurtha, J.N. (2008). Duration of an intervention's impact on perceived breast cancer risk. Health Educ Behav, 35(6), pp. 855-865. United States. doi: 10.1177/1090198108325912

  • Quillin, J.M., Silberg, J., Jones, R.M., Wilson, D.B., Maes, H., Bowen, D., & Bodurtha, J. (2008). Tolerance for ambiguity could influence awareness of breast cancer genetic testing and inform health education. Cancer Causes Control, 19(10), pp. 1227-1232. Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/s10552-008-9193-y

  • Tracy, K.A., Quillin, J.M., Wilson, D.B., Borzelleca, J., Jones, R.M., McClish, D., Bowen, D., & Bodurtha, J. (2008). The impact of family history of breast cancer and cancer death on women's mammography practices and beliefs. Genet Med, 10(8), pp. 621-625. United States. doi: 10.1097/gim.0b013e31817c0355

  • Jones, R.M., Mongin, S.J., Lazovich, D., Church, T.R., & Yeazel, M.W. (2008). Validity of four self-reported colorectal cancer screening modalities in a general population: differences over time and by intervention assignment. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 17(4), pp. 777-784. United States. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-07-0441

  • Krist, A.H., Jones, R.M., Woolf, S.H., Woessner, S.E., Merenstein, D., Kerns, J.W., Foliaco, W., & Jackson, P. (2007). Timing of repeat colonoscopy: disparity between guidelines and endoscopists' recommendation. Am J Prev Med, 33(6), pp. 471-478. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2007.07.039

  • Bodurtha, J.N., Quillin, J.M., Tracy, K.A., Borzelleca, J., McClish, D., Wilson, D.B., Jones, R.M., Quillin, J., & Bowen, D. (2007). Recruiting diverse patients to a breast cancer risk communication trial--waiting rooms can improve access. J Natl Med Assoc, 99(8), pp. 917-922. United States. Retrieved from

  • Quillin, J.M., McClish, D.K., Jones, R.M., Burruss, K., & Bodurtha, J.N. (2006). Spiritual coping, family history, and perceived risk for breast cancer--can we make sense of it? J Genet Couns, 15(6), pp. 449-460. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10897-006-9037-4

  • Jones, R.M., Johnson, R.E., Rothemich, S.F., & Woolf, S.H. (2006). Colorectal cancer screening adherence in a diverse patient population. AMERICAN JOURNAL of EPIDEMIOLOGY, 163(11), pp. S107-S107. doi: 10.1093/aje/163.suppl_11.S107-d

  • Yeazel, M.W., Church, T.R., & Jones, R.M. (2004). Erratum: Colorectal cancer screening adherence in a general population: (Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention (April 2004) 13 (654-657)). Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, 13(9), p. 1550.

  • Church, T.R., Yeazel, M.W., Jones, R.M., Kochevar, L.K., Watt, G.D., Mongin, S.J., Cordes, J.E., & Engelhard, D. (2004). A randomized trial of direct mailing of fecal occult blood tests to increase colorectal cancer screening. J Natl Cancer Inst, 96(10), pp. 770-780. United States. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djh134

  • Yeazel, M.W., Church, T.R., Jones, R.M., Kochevar, L.K., Watt, G.D., Cordes, J.E., Engelhard, D., & Mongin, S.J. (2004). Colorectal cancer screening adherence in a general population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 13(4), pp. 654-657. United States. Retrieved from

  • Perry, C.L., Komro, K.A., Jones, R.M., Munson, K., Williams, C.L., & Jason, L. (2002). The measurement of wisdom and its relationship to adolescent substance use and problem behaviors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 12(1), pp. 45-63. doi: 10.1300/J029v12n01_03

  • Perry, C.L., Williams, C.L., Komro, K.A., Veblen-Mortenson, S., Stigler, M.H., Munson, K.A., Farbakhsh, K., Jones, R.M., & Forster, J.L. (2002). Project Northland: long-term outcomes of community action to reduce adolescent alcohol use. Health Educ Res, 17(1), pp. 117-132. England. doi: 10.1093/her/17.1.117