June 9, 2020

Dina Jones, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Other academic, research, or policy affiliations

Faculty, Center for the Study Of Tobacco, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
Research Faculty, Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
Mentor, NIDA Addiction Research T32 Program, Psychiatric Research Institute


2019, PhD, Georgia State University School of Public Health, Public Health, Epidemiology concentration
2015, MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Epidemiology
2013, BA, Agnes Scott College, Public Health, Laboratory Science Track

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 use and tobacco-related disparities among socially disadvantaged groups. I aim to use my research to inform regulations and technology-supported observational studies and interventions to increase successful smoking cessation among socially disadvantaged smokers and populations disproportionately burdened by tobacco such as African Americans, persons with mental health conditions, sexual minorities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. My research also extends to other health behaviors that contribute to health disparities including poor mental health and non-tobacco substance use (i.e., marijuana, alcohol).

Recent Publications

Jones, D. M., Masyn, K. E., & Spears, C. A. (2021). Discrimination, psychological functioning, and substance use among U.S. young adults aged 18-28, 2017. Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology, 10.1037/pha0000502. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pha0000502

Jones, D. M., Guy, M. C., Soule, E., Sakuma, K. K., Pokhrel, P., Orloff, M., Trinidad, D., Smith, D., Browley, S., Walker, A. P., Bullock, S., Eissenberg, T., & Fagan, P. (2021). Characterization of Electronic Cigarette Warning Statements Portrayed in YouTube Videos. Nicotine & tobacco research, 23(8), 1358–1366. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntaa272

Jones, D. M., Ashley, D. L., Weaver, S. R., & Eriksen, M. P. (2019). Flavored ENDS Use among Adults Who Have Used Cigarettes and ENDS, 2016-2017. Tobacco regulatory science, 5(6), 518–531. https://doi.org/10.18001/TRS.5.6.4

Spears, C. A.^, Jones, D. M.^, Weaver, S. R., Huang, J., Yang, B., Pechacek, T. F., & Eriksen, M. P. (2019). Sociodemographic Correlates of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Use in the United States, 2016-2017. American journal of public health, 109(9), 1224–1232. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305158. 1. (^ denotes joint first authorship)

Spears, C. A., Jones, D. M., Weaver, S. R., Yang, B., Pechacek, T. F., & Eriksen, M. P. (2019). Electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use in relation to mental health conditions, past-month serious psychological distress and cigarette smoking status, 2017. Addiction, 114(2), 315–325. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.14464