Dina M. Jones, Ph.D., MPH

PDina Jonesrofessional Certifications and Education

PhD, Georgia State University School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, 2019
MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
BA, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, 2013

Research Experience

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow supported by the NIDA T32 program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). I am conducting my research under the mentorship of Dr. Pebbles Fagan including tobacco regulatory science, cancer disparities, and mixed methods studies examining combustible and non-combustible tobacco use among vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations.

Through my work with the Contextual Knowledge Core of the Virginia Commonwealth University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS), I collaborate on systematic, qualitative content analysis of online data sources (e.g. YouTube, e-cigarette forums, online retailers) to gain real-time knowledge of e-cigarette consumer and manufacturer practices.  Our tobacco regulatory science research is used to inform tobacco-related policies and regulations at the federal and local level aimed at protecting vulnerable populations. Through my work with the Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research (HIDR) in the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine at UAMS, I collaborate on a community-engaged colorectal cancer screening grant. Through my work with the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities, I collaborate on a study that aims to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among socially disadvantaged African American women and children from rural communities. Moreover, I am PI of a small, mixed-methods feasibility intervention aimed at assessing the feasibility of a harm reduction and cessation focused educational intervention among young African American women combustible tobacco users.

As a social epidemiologist, I have a specific interest in examining tobacco-related disparities using a life course perspective and I aim to become a tobacco-related disparities expert. As a predoctoral fellow I engaged in tobacco regulatory science research that identified high use rates of e-cigarettes and cigars among cigarette smokers who identify as racial/ethnic or sexual minorities, have mental health conditions, or live in poverty. These findings were used to fill literary gaps and inform FDA regulations regarding flavors and nicotine levels in tobacco products. My overall research goal is to extend my previous and current research to inform tobacco regulations and prevent and reduce tobacco-related disparities.

Research Interests

My primary research interests include investigating the role of tobacco product characteristics (i.e. flavors, product type) and social-environmental and psychosocial factors as contributors to tobacco among vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations. I aim to use my research to inform regulations and innovative behavioral interventions for populations disproportionately burdened by tobacco such as African Americans, persons with mental health conditions, and rural populations.

Recent Publications

Spears, C. A., Jones, D. M., Weaver, S. R., Yang, B., Pechacek, T. F., Eriksen, M. P. (2020). Use of and perceptions about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among people with mental health conditions or serious psychological distress, 2018. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 212:108049. DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108049. PMID: 32442748

Jones DM, Ashley DL, Weaver SR, Eriksen MP. Flavored ENDS Use and Perceptions Among Four Smoking and ENDS Use Profiles, 2016-2017 (2019). Tob Regul Sci, 5(6):518-531. PMID: 31696149; PMCID: PMC6834350; DOI: 10.18001/TRS.5.6.4 .

Spears CA*, Jones DM*, Weaver SR, Huang J, Yang B, Pechacek TF, Eriksen MP. Sociodemographic Correlates of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Use in the United States, 2016-2017 (2019). Am J Public Health, 109(9):1224-1232. PMID: 31318599; PMCID: PMC6687271; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305158.

Fishbein, H, Bauer, D., Yu, Q., Mermelstein, R., Jones, D.M., Miller, A., Harrell, M., Loukas, A., Sterling, K., Colip, B., Mittl, B. Harmonizing Cigar Survey Data across TCORS, CTP, and PATH Studies: The Cigar Collaborative Research (CCR) Group (2019). Nicotine and Tobacco Research. PMID: 31665435; DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntz201.

Sterling KL, Jones DM, Majeed B, Nyman AL, Weaver SR. Affect Predicts Small Cigar Use in a National Sample of US Young Adults (2019). Tobacco Regulatory Science, 5(3):253-263. PMID: 31656828; PMCID: PMC6814150; DOI: 10.18001/TRS.5.3.4.

Spears CA, Jones DM, Pechacek TF, Ashley DL. Use of other combustible tobacco products among priority populations of smokers: Implications for U.S. tobacco regulatory policy (2019). Addict Behav, 93:194-197. PMID: 30735829; PMCID: PMC6488384; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.01.031.

Spears CA, Jones DM, Weaver SR, Yang B, Pechacek TF, Eriksen MP. Electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use in relation to mental health conditions, past-month serious psychological distress and cigarette smoking status, 2017 (2019). Addiction, 114(2):315-325. PMID: 30291763; PMCID: PMC6314897; DOI: 10.1111/add.14464.

Note: *denotes co-first authorship