JESSIE X. FAN portrait
  • Professor, Family And Consumer Studies
  • Associate Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Science
801-581-4170

Research Statement

Dr. Fan conducts research in three related areas: (1) household saving/borrowing and financial management (i.e., optimal credit use, life-cycle saving, emergency fund), (2) household expenditures and the impact of government regulations (i,e., ethnic differences in consumption patterns, apparel trade restriction), and (3) international comparison of consumer behavior (i.e., consumer decision making styles of Chinese and Americans).

Presentations

  • Fan, J.X. & Zan, H. (2016). The “Model Minority” myth: Asian American middle class before, during, and after the Great Recession. Asian Consumer and Family Economics Association biannual conference, Hong Kong, July 7-10. 2016. Proceedings 439-448. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/08/2016.
  • Fan, J.X. & Zan, H. (2016). The “Model Minority” myth: Asian American middle class before, during, and after the Great Recession. Asian Consumer and Family Economics Association biannual conference, Hong Kong, July 7-10. 2016. Proceedings 439-448. Presentation, Presented, 07/08/2016.
  • Fan, J.X. & Zan, H. (2016). What happened to the American middle class? Evidence from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys 1988-2014. 2016 American Council on Consumer Interests Conference, Arlington, VA. June 8-10. 2016. Presentation, Presented, 06/09/2016.
  • Li, K., Wen, M., & Fan, J.X. (2016). Neighborhood racial diversity and Metabolic Syndrome: Findings from 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 2016 Population Association of America conference, Washington D.C. March 31 – April 2, 2016. Presentation, Presented, 04/01/2016.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., Brown, B.B., Fan, J.X., Hanson, H., Smith, K., & Zick, C.D. (2016) The joint effects of family risk of obesity and neighborhood environment on obesity among women. 2016 Population Association of America conference, Washington D.C. March 31 – April 2, 2016. Presentation, Presented, 04/01/2016.
  • Smith, K., Hanson, H., Brown, B.B., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Zick, C.D, & Fan, J.X. (2016) Movers and stayers: How residential selection contributes to the association between female Body Mass Index and neighborhood characteristics. Poster session. 2016 Population Association of America conference, Washington D.C. March 31 – April 2, 2016. Poster, Accepted, 02/01/2016.
  • Zan, H. & Fan, J.X. (2015). Acculturation and physical activity of US men: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006. Poster session, 2015 Population Association of America conference, San Diego, CA. April 30 – May 2, 2015. Poster, Accepted, 02/01/2016.
  • Chai, W., Wen, M., & Fan, J.X. (2016). Individual and neighborhood factors of serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and C-reactive protein: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Poster presentation. Experimental Biology 2016 Conference, San Diego, CA: April 4, 2016. Poster, Accepted, 02/01/2016.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2013).Tract-level income inequality and individual obesity risk in the US: Detrimental, beneficial, or irrelevant? Round table. 2013 American Sociological Association conference, New York, NY. August 10-13, 2013. Presentation, Presented, 08/01/2013.
  • Fan, J.X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wen, M. (2013).Walking or dancing: Patterns of physical activity by cross-sectional age among U.S. women. Poster. 2013 American Council on Consumer Interests, Portland, Oregon. April 10-12, 2013. Poster, Accepted, 03/2013.
  • Fan, J.X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wen, M. (2012). Gender and age differences in types of physical activity among U.S. adults. Poster. 2012 European Population Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. June 13-16, 2012. Poster, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., Fan, J.X., & Wen, M. (2012). Food security and BMI: Exploring mechanisms among American children. Poster. 2012 European Population Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. June 13-16, 2012. Poster, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J.X. (2012). Ethnic-immigrant disparities in obesity in the United States: Patterns and mechanisms. Presentation. 2012 European Population Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. June 13-16, 2012. Presentation, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Fan, J.X., Brown, B.B., Zick, C.D., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Smith, K.R., & Hansen, H. (2012). Moderate to vigorous physical activity and weight outcome: Does every minute count. Poster. Population Association of America 2012 Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 3-5, 2012. Poster, Presented, 05/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., Fan, J.X., & Wen, M. (2012). Community and child physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age. Presentation. Population Association of America 2012 Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. May 3-5, 2012. Presentation, Presented, 05/2012.
  • Smith, K.R., Hanson, H., Brown, B.B., Zick, C.D., & Fan, J.X. (2011). Body mass index, diabetes, and neighborhood characteristics: Assessing the role of selection by studying movers and stayers. Presentation. Population Association of America 2011 Annual Conference. Washington, DC. March 31-April 2, 2011. Presentation, Presented, 04/2011.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Neighborhood characteristics and body mass index: Selection or causation? Administrative Supplement. PI: Smith, KR, . Co-PI(s): Kowaleski-Jones, L.. National Institute of Diabetes and Diggestive and Kidney Diseases, 09/2010 - 02/2012. Total project budget to date: $91,000.00
  • Neighborhood Built and Social Environment and Physical Activity and Weight Status. PI: Wen, M. National Cancer Institute, 07/2010 - 06/2015. Total project budget to date: $1,250,000.00
  • Neighborhood characteristics and body mass index: Selection or causation? Supplement. PI: Smith, KR,. Co-PI(s): Kowaleski-Jones, L. National Institute of Diabetes and Diggestive and Kidney Diseases, 08/2009 - 07/2012. Total project budget to date: $413,875.00
  • Alternative Measures of food environment for poor and non-poor neighborhoods in Salt Lake County, Utah. PI: Fan, JX, Kowaleski-Jones, L, Yamada, I, Zick, CD, Brown, BB, & Smith, KR . 10/2008 - 09/2009. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America
  • Asia

Publications

  • Wen, M., Fan, J.X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wan, N. (2016). Rural-urban disparities in obesity prevalence among working age adults in the United States: Exploring the mechanisms. American Journal of Health Promotion. In press, 12/31/2016.
  • Chai W, Fan JX & Wen M (2016). Association of individual and community factors with C-reactive protein and 25-hydroxyvitamin D: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). SSM - population health. Vol. 2, 889-896. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • Chai, W., Fan, J.X., & Wen, M. (2016). Individual and neighborhood factors of serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and C-reactive protein: Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). SSM – Population Health. 2(December): 889-896. Doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.11.001. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • Smith KR, Hanson HA, Brown BB, Zick CD, Kowaleski-Jones L & Fan JX (2016). Movers and stayers: how residential selection contributes to the association between female body mass index and neighborhood characteristics. International journal of obesity (2005). Vol. 40, 1384-91. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • Smith, K.R., Hanson, H.A., Brown, B.B., Zick, C.D., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J.X. (2016). Movers and stayers: How residential selection contributes to the association between female body mass index and neighborhood characteristics. International Journal of Obesity. doi:10.1038/ijo.2016.78. PMID: 27133620. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., Fan, J.X., Wen, M., & Hanson, H. (2016). Neighborhood context and youth physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age, American Journal of Health Promotion. doi: 10.1177/0890117116667353. Accepted, 01/01/2016.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2015). Tract- and county-level income inequality and individual risk of obesity in the United States. Social Science Research 55: 75-82. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2015.09.008. PMID: 26680289. Published, 12/01/2015.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2015). Sociodemographic and environmental correlates of active commuting in rural America. Journal of Rural Health, 31(2): 176-185. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12084. PMID: 25066252. Published, 02/01/2015.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2014). Rural-urban differences in objective and subjective measures of physical activity: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2006. 11:140189. Preventing Chronic Disease. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140189. PMID: 25144676. Published, 02/01/2014.
  • Fan, J.X., Hanson, H.A., Zick, C.D., Brown, B.B., Kowaleski-Jones, L. & Smith, K.R. (2014). Geographic scale matters in detecting the relationship between neighborhood food environments and obesity risk: An analysis of driver license records in Salt Lake County, Utah. BMJ Open 4(8) : doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005458. PMID: 25138805. Published, 02/01/2014.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2014). An ecological analysis of environmental correlates of active commuting in urban U.S. Health & Place. 30, 242-250. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.09.014. PMID: 25460907. Published, 02/01/2014.
  • Walden, M.L. & Fan, J.X. (2013). Economics and Consumer Decisions, 3rd Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-4652-2538-2. . Published, 08/2013.
  • Zick, C.D., Hanson, H., Brown, B.B., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Smith, K.R., Fan, J.X., & Yamada, I. (2013). Re-visiting the relationship between neighborhood environment and BMI: The role of residential selection in cross-sectional analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. . Published, 03/2013.
  • Wen, M., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J.X. (2013). Ethnic-immigrant disparities in total and abdominal obesity in the US. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(6): 807-818. Published, 03/2013.
  • Fan, J.X., Brown, B.B., Hanson, H., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Smith, K.R., & Zick, C.D., (2013). Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and weight outcomes: Does every minute count? American Journal of Health Promotion, 28(1): 41-49. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.120606-QUAL-286. Published, 03/2013.
  • Brown, B.B., Smith, K.R., Hanson, H., Fan, J.X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Zick, C.D., (2013). Neighborhood design for walking and biking: Physical activity and Body Mass Index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 44(3): 231-238. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.024. PMID: 23415119. Published, 03/2013.
  • Fan, J.X., Wen, M., Jin, L., & Wang, G. (2013). Disparities in healthcare utilization in China: Do gender and migration status matter? Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(1): 52-63. DOI: 10.1007/s10834-012-9296-1. Published, 02/2013.
  • Fan, J.X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Wen, M. (2013). Walking or dancing: Patterns of physical activity by cross-sectional age among U.S. women. Journal of Aging and Health. 25(7): 1182-1203. doi: 10.1177/0898264313495561. PMID: 23867628.. Published, 02/01/2013.
  • Yamada, I., Brown, B.B., Smith, K.R., Zick, C. D., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J.X. (2012). Mixed land use and obesity: An empirical comparison of alternative land use measures and geographic scales. Professional Geographer, 64: 1-21. DOI:10.1080/00330124.2011.583592. Published, 12/2012.
  • Jin, L., Wen, M., Fan, J.X., & Wang, G. (2012). Trans-local ties, local ties and psychological well-being among rural-to-urban migrants in Shanghai. Social Science & Medicine, 75(2): 288-296. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.014. Published, 10/2012.
  • Smith, K.R., Zick, C.D., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Brown,B.B., Yamada, I., & Fan, J.X. (2011). Effects of neighborhood walkability on obesity: Comparing adolescents and young adults to assess selection and causal Influences. Social Science Research Journal, 40(5): 1445-1455. Published, 09/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., Brown, B.B., Fan, J.X., Smith, K.R., & Zick, C.D. (2010). Are you what your mother eats? Evaluating the Impact of Maternal Weight Trajectories on Youth Overweight. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(5): 680-686. Published, 06/2010.
  • Wen M, Fan J.X, Jin L & Wang G. (2010). Neighborhood effects on self-rated health, chronic conditions, and mental well-being among migrants and native residents in Shanghai, China. Health & Place, 16: 452-460. Published, 05/2010.
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  • Zan, Hua, & Fan, J.X. (2010). Cohorts effects of household expenditures on food away from home. Journal of Consumer Affairs: 44(1): 213-233. Published, 04/2010.
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  • Zick, C.D., Smith, K.R,. Fan, J.X., Brown, B.B., Yamada, I., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2009). Running to the store? The relationship between neighborhood environments and the risk of obesity. Social Science and Medicine, 69(10): 1493-1500. Published, 2009.
  • Brown, B.B., Yamada, I., Smith, K.R., Zick, C.D., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J.X. (2009). Measuring mixed land use as a component of neighborhood walkability: Relationships with BMI, overweight, and obesity. Health and Place, 15(4): 1130-1141. Published, 2009.