Research Interests:Alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special emphasis on race and social class issues, policy as a prevention strategy, minority health issues
Dr. Jones-Webb’s research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special focus on race, class, and neighborhood influences. She is a leading scholar on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among African Americans. Dr. Jones-Webb’s research focuses on three primary areas: 1) alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans; 2) environmental factors associated with alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans and low income populations; and 3) environmental policies to prevent alcohol-related problems. Her research also includes studies of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among youth, young adults, and gay men. Her most recent study examines the effectiveness of local alcohol policies in reducing crime in 19 U.S. cities.
- 2011- present Director, Midwestern Center for Lifelong Learning in Public Health
- 2005- present Co-Chair, Health Disparities Work Group
- 2000-2003 Chair, Community Health Education Program
- 1997 – present Associate Professor
- 1991 – 1997 Assistant Professor
Honors and Awards:
- National Institutes of Health, First Award
- Finalist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators Award
- Academic Leadership Fellow, Big Ten Universities, Consortium for Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
- Delta Omega Society
Member: University of Minnesota Cancer Center
- Jones-Webb R, Nelson T, McKee P, Toomey T (2013) An implementation model to increase the effectiveness of alcohol control policies. American Journal of Health Promotion, Epub ahead of print.
- Shimotsu S, Jones-Webb R, MacLehose R, Nelson T, Forster J, Lytle L.(2013) Neighborhood characteristics, the retail environment, and alcohol consumption: A multi-level analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Epub ahead of print.
- Jones-Webb R, Karriker-Jaffe KJ. (2013) Neighborhood disadvantage, high alcohol content beverage consumption, drinking norms, and drinking consequences: A mediation analysis. Journal of Urban Health, 90(4): 667-684.
- Zemore SE, Mulia N, Jones-Webb R. Liu H, Schmidt L (2013) The 2008-9 recession and alcohol outcomes: Differential exposure and vulnerability for black and Latino populations. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(1):9-20.
- Jones-Webb R, Smolenski DJ, Brady SS, Wilkerson JM, Rosser BRS. (2013) Drinking, settings, alcohol consumption, and sexual risk behavior among gay men. Addictive Behaviors. 38(3):1824-1830.
- Shimotsu S, Jones-Webb R, MacLehose R, Nelson T, Forster J, Lytle L, Van Riper D (2012) Food and alcohol access in neighborhoods of varying socioeconomic status. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 56(3):77-92.
- Jones-Webb, R. (2012) Rhonda Jones-Webb on Ted Godlaski and James Clark, Implementation issues in innovative rural substance misuse treatment programs. Substance Use and Misuse, 47 (13-14):1455-1456.
- Jones-Webb R, Kilian G, Marie-Cain A, Brady SS, Rosser BRS. (2012) Recruiting gay alcohol establishments for health studies: Lessons learned from the SILAS study. Substance Use and Abuse, 48(3):194-199.
- Shimotsu S, Jones-Webb R, Lytle L, MacLehose R, Nelson T, Forster J. (2012. The relationships among socioeconomic status, fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol consumption. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(1):2128.
- Brady S, Wilkerson M, Jones-Webb R. (2012) Perceived sexual benefits of alcohol use among recent high school graduates: Longitudinal associations with drinking behavior and consequences. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7:309-328.