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Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Inaugural Director, Cancer Screening & Prevention Program

Contact Information

Beth Anne Jones, PhD, MPH

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    Center for Cancer Prevention Research, 1 Church Street

    New Haven, CT 06510

    United States

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 Disparities

  • Mammography Screening in African American and White women
  • Cancer Screening Behavior in Hispanic/Latinas Living in the Northeast United States
  • Racial / ethnic differences in tumor characteristics
  • Race Differences and Breast Density
  • Yale Cancer Disparities Firewall: Community Engagement, Health Education, and Health Navigation to Promote Cancer Prevention and Screening in At-Risk Populations
  • Implementing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations in the FQHC setting
  • Community Engagement to Promote Cancer Screening, Cancer Prevention and Minority Participation in Clinical Trials
  • CURE Award: Cancer Research Opportunities for Youth at Yale
  • Covid-19 and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH): Impact on Vulnerable Populations
  • Covid-19 and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH): Impact on Gen Z Population


Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Neoplasms; Primary Prevention; Social Class; Socioeconomic Factors; Epidemiologic Factors; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Minority Health; Health Status Disparities; Healthcare Disparities; Secondary Prevention; Social Determinants of Health; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Health; Cancer; Chronic Diseases; Clinical Trials; Community Health; Epidemiology Methods; Obesity; Community Engagement; Stigma and Discrimination; Women's Health; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice; Implementation Science; COVID-19

Selected Publications