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Jeffery A. Jones, PhD
Jeff A. Jones, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Behavior, has worked as a researcher in the UK Center for Prevention Research since 1998. Dr. Jones’ scholarship centers on survey research; its design and implementation. Nationally recognized for his experience in survey research and evaluation, Dr. Jones has directed –as Principal Investigator- over 35 funded studies in areas such as:
Through a multi-million dollar investment by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Jones currently works closely with ASTHO (the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials), NACCHO (the National Association of City and County Health Officials), and NALBOH (the National Association of Local Boards of Health) in harmonizing and integrating these three associations’ profile surveys of local and state health departments and boards of health in the United States and its territories. This work will result in an integrated data set free for public use to analyze public health inputs and outcomes nationally.
Dr. Jones administered the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles for Kentucky from 2000 to 2007 and continues to serve as a technical consultant to the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Department for Public Health in areas of school health. He works with a number of students and professionals using these and other data sets. In 2009, the UK College of Education recognized Dr. Jones as A Teacher Who Made a Difference. As part of his work collecting and coordinating data on child and youth health, Dr. Jones serves on the Kentucky Department of Education’s Coordinated School Health Data Team and Jefferson County Public School’s Health Promotions Schools of Excellence Research Committee.
A geographer by training, Dr. Jones teaches the College’s course in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and utilizes various spatial analysis techniques regularly in his work. He has twice won the Most Valuable Player Award as a graduate student in the World Geography Bowl. In the early 1990s Dr. Jones created the first electronic listservs for Geography’s sub-disciplines.
Dr. Jones has an extensive public service background. He served on –and chaired- the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, the city agency which enforces civil rights, from 1999 to 2007. He also has previously or currently served on the College’s Faculty Council, the UK President’s Commission on Diversity, and the UK Domestic Partner Benefits Committee. Dr. Jones formerly has served as an officer with a number of Lexington campus, neighborhood, and community organizations for which has been recognized through various honors including the James Herndon Lifetime Achievement Award and Chevy Chaser Magazine’s Notable Neighbors designation. Col. Jones belongs to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, enjoys travel, and has previously worked in both China and Sweden.
Public health systems and services research, sexually transmitted infections, LGBT health, child and adolescent health, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, and cultural competency, identity, and local communities.