LORI KOWALESKI-JONES portrait
  • Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Associate Investigator, Institute for Public and International Affairs, College of Social and Behavioral Science
  • Chair, Family And Consumer Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Sociology Department
  • Professor, Family And Consumer Studies

Presentations

  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Fan, Jessie., Brown, Barbara., Hanson, Heidi., and Zick, Cathleen. 2016. The Joint Effects of Family Risk of Obesity and Neighborhood Environment on Obesity Among Women. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America. April, Washington DC. Presentation, Accepted, 12/14/2015.
  • Smith, Ken, Zick, Cathleen., Fan, Jessie., Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Hanson, Heidi. 2016. Movers and Stayers: How Residential Selection Contributes to the Association Between Female Body Mass Index and Neighbourhood Characteristics. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America. March, Washington DC. Poster, Accepted, 11/30/2015.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. Moderators of Neighborhood Socio Economic Status on Obesity. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, San Francisco, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2014.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori Brown, Barbara, Smith, Ken, Hanson, Heidi, Fan, Jessie, and Zick, Cathleen. Exploring the Impact of Family Background and Neighborhood Environment on Obesity among Women. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, San Francisco, California. Conference Paper, Accepted, 03/2014.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. Predictors of youth physical activity in rural and non rural areas. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, New York, New York. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/2013.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. predictors of youth physical activity in rurual and non rural areas. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, New York, New York. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2013.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. Built Environment and Obesity: Exploring a Social Cognitive Model. Paper to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. Built Environment and Obesity: Exploring a Social Cognitive Model. Paper to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. Built Environment and Obesity: Exploring a Social Cognitive Model. Paper to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. August, Denver, Colorado. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2012.
  • Fan, Jessie, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Wen, Ming. 2012 Gender and Age Differences in Types of Physical Activity among U.S. Adults. Paper to be presented at the European Population Conference, June, Stockholm Sweden. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 01/2012.
  • Wen, Ming, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Fan, Jessie. 2012 Ethnic-immigrant disparities in obesity in the United States: Patterns and mechanisms. Paper to be presented at the European Population Conference, June, Stockholm Sweden. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 01/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori., Wen, Ming. and Fan, Jessie. 2012 Food Insecurity and BMI: Exploring Mechanisms among American Children. Paper to be presented at the European Population Conference, June, Stockholm Sweden. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 01/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Wen, Ming and Jessie Fan. 2012. Community and Child Physical Activity: Differential Associations by Gender and Age, Paper to be Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America in San Francisco, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Wen, Ming and Jessie Fan. 2012. Community and Child Physical Activity: Differential Associations by Gender and Age, Paper to be Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America in San Francisco, California. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/2011.
  • Fan, Jessie. Zick, Cathleen, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. Smith, Ken., Brown, Barbara., Hanson, Heidi. 2012. Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity and Weight Outcomes: Does Every Minute Count? Paper to be Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Population Association of America in San Francisco, California. Poster, Accepted, 12/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. Hanson, Heidi, Zick, Cathleen, Smith, Ken. 2011. BMI and Place: An Assessment Using Alternative Urban and Rural Typologies. Paper presented at Annual meeting of the Rural Sociology Society, Boise Idaho. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Wen, Ming . 2011. Pounding the pavement. American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas Nevada. Panel, Presented, 08/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones L & Wen M. 2010. “Neighborhood socioeconomic status and built environment and obesity”American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Wen M, Kowaleski-Jones L & Zhang XY. 2010. “Residential segregation and obesity in the United States: Findings from the 2003-2004 NHANES”American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Wen M. 2010. “Neighborhood Built and Social Environment and Physical Activity and Weight Status” at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) GeoSWG Grand Rounds in Atlanta, Georgia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Body Mass Index and Neighborhood Characteristics: Assessing Selection and Causation Mechanisms Using Mover-Stayer Models • Ken R. Smith,; Ikuho Yamada, Kowaleski-Jones, L. Barbara Brown, Heidi Hanson, Cathleen Zick, Jessie Fan, Poster presented at the 2010 annual meetings of the Population Association of America. Dallas TX. Poster, Presented, 04/2010.
  • Effects of Built Environment on Obesity: Using a Propensity Score Approach to Assess Selection and Causal Influences. Kowaleski-Jones, L. Ken R. Smith,; Ikuho Yamada, Barbara Brown, Heidi Hanson, Cathleen Zick, Jessie Fan, Poster presented at the 2010 annual meetings of the Population Association of America. Dallas TX. Poster, Presented, 04/2010.

Research Groups

  • Neighborhood Effects and Physical Activity, Research Professor. Departments of Sociology, Geography and Family and Consumer Studies.. 01/2012 - 12/2012.
  • Neighborhood Effects and Physical Activity, Research Professor. Departments of Sociology, Geography and Family and Consumer Studies.. 01/2012 - 12/2012.
  • energy balance, Research Professor. Department of Family and Consumer Studies. 05/2004 - 12/2012.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Neighborhood Built and Social Environment and Physical Activity and Weight Status . PI: ming wen. National Institutes for Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI), 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2015. Total project budget to date: $1,300,000.00
  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Body Mass Index: Selection or Causation? PI: Lori Kowaleski-Jones. Co-PI(s): Ken Smith. ARRA Administrative Supplement to Neighborhood Characteristics and Body Mass Index: Selection or Causation?, 09/01/2009 - 02/01/2012. Total project budget to date: $91,569.00
  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Body Mass Index: Selection or Causation. PI: Lori Kowaleski-Jones. Co-PI(s): Ken R. Smith. National Institute for Health, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), 09/01/2008 - 09/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $500,000.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Thailand
    I have established a collaborative teaching relationship with the program in Economics and Public Policy at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok Thailand. I look forward to nurturing this relationship over the next two years.

Publications

  • Wen, M., Fan, J. X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wan, N. (2017). Rural–Urban Disparities in Obesity Prevalence Among Working Age Adults in the United States: Exploring the Mechanisms. American Journal of Health Promotion, 0890117116689488. Accepted, 12/25/2016.
  • 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, 40(9), 1384-1391. Published, 07/2016.
  • 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, 0890117116667353. Accepted, 03/2016.
  • Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2016). Tract-and county-level income inequality and individual risk of obesity in the United States. Social science research, 55, 75-82. Published, 02/2016.
  • Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Kowaleski‐Jones, L. (2015). Sociodemographic and environmental correlates of active commuting in rural America. The Journal of Rural Health,31(2), 176-185. Published, 08/2015.
  • 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) , e005458. Published, 02/02/2015.
  • Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2014). Peer Reviewed: Rural–Urban Differences in Objective and Subjective Measures of Physical Activity: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003–2006. Preventing chronic disease, 11. Published, 07/2014.
  • Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2014). An ecological analysis of environmental correlates of active commuting in urban US. Health & place, 30, 242-250. Published, 06/2014.
  • Zick, C. D., Hanson, H., Fan, J. X., Smith, K. R., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Brown, B. B., & Yamada, I. (2013). Re-visiting the relationship between neighbourhood environment and BMI: an instrumental variables approach to correcting for residential selection bias. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 10(1), 27. Published, 12/2013.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wen, M. (2013). Community and child energy balance: differential associations between neighborhood environment and overweight risk by gender. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 23(5), 434-445. Published, 11/2013.
  • Brown, Barbara, Smith, Ken, Hanson, Heidi, Fan, Jessie, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, and Zick, Cathleen. 2013. Neighborhood Design for Walking and Biking: Physical Activity and Body Mass Index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 44(3): 231-238. Published, 11/2013.
  • 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, 11/2013.
  • Fan, J. X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wen, M. (2013). Walking or Dancing Patterns of Physical Activity by Cross-Sectional Age Among US Women. Journal of aging and health, 25(7), 1182-1203. Published, 11/2013.
  • 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. Published, 10/12/2013.
  • Fan, J. X., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Wen, M. (2013). Walking or Dancing Patterns of Physical Activity by Cross-Sectional Age Among US Women. Journal of Aging and Health, 25(7), 1182-1203. Published, 01/2013.
  • Wen, M., & Kowaleski-Jones, L. (2012). The built environment and risk of obesity in the United States: Racial–ethnic disparities. Health & place, 18(6), 1314-1322. Accepted, 09/2012.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Rachel Dunifon. 2012. Community Influences on Parenting and Child Behavior: Exploring Race Differences. Forthcoming. Youth and Society.. Accepted, 08/2012.
  • Zick, C. D., Smith, K. R., Kowaleski-Jones, L., Uno, C., & Merrill, B. J. (2013). Harvesting more than vegetables: the potential weight control benefits of community gardening. American journal of public health, 103(6), 1110-1115. In press, 07/23/2012.
  • Wen, Ming and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2011. Gender and Ethnic Differences in Validity of Self-reported Adult Height, Weight and Body Mass Index. Ethnicity and Disease 22:72-78. Published, 12/2011.
  • Yamada, Ikuho, Zick, Cathleen D., Ken R. Smith, Jessie X. Fan, Barbara B. Brown, and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2011. Mixed land use and obesity: an empirical comparison of alternative land use measures and geographic scales. Professional Geographer 64: 1-21. Published, 07/2011.
  • Prazan, Ariana, Nick Wolfinger, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Catlin Cahill. 2011. Joint Physical Custody and Neighborhood Friendships in Middle Childhood. Sociological Inquiry 81(2): 247-259. Published, 05/2011.
  • Smith, Ken, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. Zick, Cathleen, Smith, Ken., Brown, Barbara. and Fan, Jessie. 2011. Effects of Neighborhood SES and Walkability on Obesity: assessing Selection and Causal Influences. Social Science Research.40(5): 1445 – 1455. Published, 01/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Rachel Dunifon. 2012. Community Influences on Parenting and Child Behavior: Exploring Race Differences. Forthcoming. Youth and Society. In press, 01/2011.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and C. Andre Christie-Mizell. 2010. Depression and Adolescent Overweight: Exploring race differences. Youth and Society. Vol. 41, No. 4, 503-518. Published, 05/2010.
  • Zick, Cathleen D., Ken R. Smith, Jessie X. Fan, Barbara B. Brown, Ikuho Yamada, and Lori Kowaleski-Jones. 2009. Running to the Store? The Relationship between Neighborhood Environments and the Risk of Obesity.Social Science and Medicine, 69(10): 1493-1500. Published, 09/2009.
  • Shaff, Kimberly, Nicholas Wolfinger, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Ken R. Smith, “Family Structure Transitions and Child Achievement,” Sociological Spectrum 2008 28(6): 681 – 704. Published, 09/2009.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Barbara B. Brown, Jessie X. Fan, Ken R. Smith, and Cathleen D. Zick. 2009. Are You What Your Mother Eats? Evaluating the Impact of Maternal Weight Trajectories on Youth Overweight. Maternal and Child Health. Published, 05/2009.
  • Brown, B., Yamada, I., Smith, K., Zick, C., Kowaleski-Jones, L., & Fan, J. (2009). Mixed land use and walkability: Variations in land use measures and relationships with BMI, overweight, and obesity. Health and Place, 15, 1130-1141. Published, 05/2009.
  • Ken Smith, and Cathleen Zick, Barbara Brown, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Yamada, Ikuho, and Jessie Fan. 2008. Walkability and Body Mass Index: Density, Design, and New Diversity Measures. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 35(3):237-44. Published, 08/2008.
  • Dunifon, Rachel and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2007. The Role of Grandparents in Single-Mother Families.Journal of Marriage and Family 69(2): 465-481. Published, 03/2007.
  • Zick, Cathleen, Smith, Ken., Brown, Barbara., Fan, Jessie, and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2007. Physical Activity during the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 4(2): 125-137. Published, 03/2007.
  • Fan, Jessie, Brown, Barbara, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori, Smith, Ken and Zick, Cathleen. 2007. Patterns of Household Food Expenditures: A Cluster Analysis. Monthly Labor Review. (4): 38-51. Published, 03/2007.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Dunifon, Rachel. 2006. Family Structure and Community Context: Evaluating Influences on Adolescent Outcomes. Youth and Society. 38(1): 110-130. Published, 04/2006.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. andDunifon, Rachel, and Geoffrey Ream. 2006. Community Contributions to Scholastic Success. 2006. Journal of Community Psychology 34(3): 343-362. Published, 03/2006.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Cox, Alisa. 2006. Are the Kids All Right? In Zick, C.D. and Smith, K.R.(Ed.) Utah in the New Millennium: A Demographic Perspective. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press. Published, 03/2006.
  • Dunifon, Rachel. And Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2005. Race Differences in the Influence of Single-Parenthood on Children: Examining the Role of Parental Social Networks. Fragile Families and Marriage Agenda, Edited Volume (with Nicholas Wolfinger), Springer Academic Press. Published, 03/2005.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Wolfinger, Nicholas. 2005. Fragile Families and Marriage Agenda. Springer Academic Press. Published, 03/2005.
  • Wolfinger, Nick, Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Smith, Ken. 2004. Double Impact: Studying the Effects of Parental Divorce with Sibling Data. Social Biology 50:58-76. Published, 03/2004.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. andDunifon, Rachel. 2004. Children’s Home Environments: Understanding the Role of Family Events in Middle Childhood. Journal of Family Issues 25(1): 3-28. Published, 03/2004.
  • Dunifon, Rachel, and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2003. The Influence of Participation in the National School Lunch Program and Food Insecurity on Child Well-Being Social Service Review 76(4): 72-92. Published, 03/2003.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. and Duncan, Greg. J. 2002. Effects of Participation in the WIC Food Assistance Program on Children’s Health and Development: Evidence from NLSY Children. American Journal of Public Health 92(5): 799-804. Published, 02/2002.
  • Dunifon, Rachel E. and Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2002. Who’s in the House? Race Differences in Cohabitation, Single-Parenthood and Child Development.Child Development 73(4): 1249-1264. Published, 02/2002.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 2000. Staying Out of Trouble: Neighborhood Influences on Adolescent Problem Behavior. Journal of Marriage and the Family 62: 449-464. Published, 01/2000.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Greg J. Duncan. 1999. The Structure of Achievement and Behavior across Middle Childhood. Child Development, July/August 70(4): 930-943. Published, 09/1999.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori. 1999. Welfare Receipt and Family Structure: Evaluating the Effects of Public and Private Support Systems on Child Cognitive Outcomes. Sociological Focus 32(2): 181-200. Published, 09/1999.
  • Kowaleski-Jones, Lori and Frank L. Mott. 1998. Sex, Contraception, and Childbearing among High-Risk Youth: Do Different Factors Influence Males and Females? Family Planning Perspectives, 30(4): 163-169. Published, 08/1998.
  • Mott, Frank L., Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Elizabeth G. Menaghan. 1997. Paternal Absence and Child Behavior: Does Child Gender and Recency of Paternal Absence Make a Difference? Journal of Marriage and the Family 59: 103-118. Published, 07/1997.
  • Menaghan, Elizabeth G., Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Frank L. Mott. 1997. The Intergenerational Costs of Parental Social Stressors: Academic and Social Difficulties in Early Adolescence for Children of Young Mothers. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 38: 72-86. Published, 07/1997.
  • Mott, Frank L., Michelle Fondell, Paul Hu, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Elizabeth G. Menaghan. 1996. The Determinants of First Sex by Age 14 in a High Risk Adolescent Population. Family Planning Perspectives 28(1): 13-18. Published, 06/1996.
  • Kowaleski, L., Zeller, R.A., & Willis, C. 1991. An assessment of AIDS education: a quasi-experimental exploration. Journal of Allied Health 20(3): 191-202. Published, 01/1991.