Rachael M. Jones portrait
  • Associate Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine

Research Statement

I am interested in research questions about how people - workers and communities - come into contact with stressors in their environment, and how those stressors can be mitigated or eliminated if they pose a threat to health.  A lot of my work has used mathematical models to describe these contacts or exposures, but in recent years I have expanded my research methodologies to include: 1) statistical methods to characterize exposures and their determinants, such as for epidemiologic studies, 2) qualitative methods, 3) simulation experiments and 4) field-based studies. One of the stressors of great interest to me is infectious agents, such as encountered by healthcare workers providing care to patients with infectious diseases. I have sought to explore the processes by which infectious diseases are transmitted from person to person, the risk of infection (including the burden of occupationally-acquired infections among healthcare workers), and strategies for managing and preventing disease transmission. In addition, I am increasingly interested in strucural problems that create and sustain unhealthy work, particularly among low-wage workers.  I am always interested in building research collaborations to explore questions and areas that are new to me.

Research Keywords

  • Viral Infections
  • Risk Assessment
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Environmental Health
  • Biostatistics

Presentations

  • RM Jones (2020) “COVID-19 as an Aerosol Transmissible Disease: Biological Plausibility and Control Strategies”. Invited Speaker. 37th Annual Utah Virtual Conference on Safety and Industrial Hygiene. October 15. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/15/2020.
  • COVID-19 as an Aerosol Transmissible Disease: Biological Plausibility and Control Strategies. Grand Rounds. Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/01/2020.
  • COVID-19 as an Aerosol Transmissible Disease: Biological Plausibility. American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Expo. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/02/2020.
  • Exposures to Viruses among Healthcare Workers. NIOSH Education and Research Centers Industrial Hygiene Symposium Series. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/11/2020.
  • Virus Exposures of Healthcare Workers. 36th Annual Utah Conference on Safety and Industrial Hygiene. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/10/2019.
  • Selection of Respiratory Protection. Workshop on the use of Elastomeric Respirators in Healthcare, National Academies of Science, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/22/2018.
  • Managing Occupational Exposure to Infectious Agents. American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo. Philadelphia, PA. Presentation, Presented, 05/21/2018.

Publications

  • N Sakhnini, JE Yu, RM Jones & D Chattopadhyay (2020). Personal air pollution monitoring technologies: User practices and preferences. 22nd International Conference on Human Computer Interaction. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • R.M. Jones (2020). Relative contributions of transmission routes for COVID-19 among healthcare personnel providing patient care. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • Tang S, Y Mao, RM Jones, Q Tan, J Li, N Li, J Shen, Y Lv, L Pan, P Ding, X Wang, Y Wang, CR MacIntyre & X Shi (2020). Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2? Evidence, Prevention and Control. Environment International. Vol. 144, 106039. Published, 07/01/2020.
  • R.M. Jones, S.C. Bleasdale, D. Matia & L.M. Brosseau (2020). A systematic risk-based strategy to select personal protective equipment for infectious diseases. American Journal of Infection Control. Vol. 48, 46-51. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • H. Lei, R.M. Jones & Y. Li (2020). Quantifying the relative impact of contact heterogeneity on MRSA transmission in ICUs - a modeling study. BMC Infectious Diseases. Vol. 20, 6. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • L.T. Phan, D.M. Sweeny, D.C. Mortiz, D. Maita, S.C. Bleasdale & R.M. Jones (2019). Respiratory viruses in the patient enviornment. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Vol. 41, 259-266. Published, 12/27/2019.
  • L.T. Phan, D.M. Sweeny, D.C. Moritz, D. Maita, S.C. Bleasdale & R.M. Jones (2019). Respiratory viruses on the personal protective equipment and bodies of Healthcare workers. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Vol. 40, 1356-1360. Published, 12/02/2019.
  • M. Zietsman, L.T. Phan & R.M. Jones (2019). Potential for occupational exposures to pathogens during bronchoscopy procedures. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 16, 707-716. Published, 08/01/2019.
  • S. Xiao, R.M. Jones & Y. Li (2019). The dynamic fomite transmission of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals and the possible improved intervention methods. Building and Environment. Vol. 161, 106246. Published, 07/2019.
  • S.C. Bleasdale , M. Sikka, D.C. Moritz, C. Fritzen-Pedicini, E. Stiehl, L.M. Brosseau & R.M. Jones (2019). Experience of Chicagoland acute care hospitals in preparing for Ebola virus disease, 2014-2015. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 16, 582-591. Published, 06/2019.
  • L.T. Phan, D. Maita, D.C. Mortiz, R.T. Weber, C. Fritzen-Pedicini, S.C. Bleasdale & R.M. Jones (2019). Personal protective equipment doffing practices of healthcare workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 16, 575-581. Published, 06/2019.
  • R.M. Jones, S.C. Bleasdale, D. Maita & L.M. Brosseau (2019). A systematic risk-based strategy to select personal protective equipment for infectious diseases. American Journal of Infection Control. Accepted, 06/2019.
  • Y.K. Huang, R. Hanneke & R.M. Jones (2019). Bibliometric analysis of cardiometabolic disorders studies involving NO2, PM2.5 and noise exposure. BMC Public Health. Vol. 19, 877. Published, 06/2019.
  • S.C. Bleasdale , M. Sikka, D.C. Moritz, C. Fritzen-Pedicini, E. Stiehl, L.M. Brosseau & R.M. Jones (2019). Experience of Chicagoland acute care hospitals in preparing for Ebola virus disease, 2014-2015. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 16, 582-591. Published, 06/2019.
  • L.T. Phan, D. Maita, D.C. Mortiz, S.C. Bleasdale & R.M. Jones (2019). Environmental contact and self-contact patterns of healthcare workers: Implications for infection prevention and control. Clinical Infectious Diseases. Vol. 69, S178-S184. Published, 06/2019.
  • J.M. Blaidsell, M.E. Turyk, K.S. Almberg, R.M. Jones & L.T. Stayner (2019). Prenatal exposure to nitrate in drinking water and the risk of congenital anomalies. Environmental Research. Vol. 176, 108553. Published, 06/2019.
  • R.T. Weber, L.T. Phan, C. Fritzen-Pedicini & R.M. Jones (2019). Environmental and personal protective equipment contamination during simulated healthcare activities. Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Vol. 63, 784-796. Published, 05/2019.
  • C. Fritzn-Pedicini, S.C. Bleasdale, L.M. Brosseau, D. Mortiz, M. Sikka, E. Stiehl & R.M. Jones (2019). Utilizing the focused conversation method in qualitative public health research: a team-based approach. BMC Health Services Research. Vol. 19, 306. Published, 03/2019.
  • R.M. Jones (2019). Burden of occupationally-acquired pulmonary tuberculosis among healthcare workers in the United States: A risk analysis. Annals of Workplace Exposures and Health. Vol. 61, 141-151. Published, 03/2019.
  • K.S. Almberg, M.E. Turyk, R.M. Jones, K. Rankin, S. Freels & L.T. Stayner (2018). Atrazine contamination of drinking water and adverse birth outcomes in community water systems with elevated atrazine in Ohio, 2006-2008. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Vol. 15, E1889. Published, 10/2018.
  • R.M. Jones & Y. Xia (2018). Annual burden of occupationally-acquired influenza infections in hospitals and emergency departments in the United States. Risk Analysis. Vol. 38, 442-453. Published, 05/2018.
  • L.T. Phan, Y.M. Su, R.T. Weber, C. Fritzen-Pedicini, O. Edomwande & R.M. Jones (2018). Environmental and body contamination from cleaning vomitus in a healthcare setting: A simulation study. American Journal of Infection Control. Vol. 46, 397-401. Published, 05/2018.
  • Y.M. Su & R.M. Jones (2018). Recipes for simulated vomitus. Journal of Infection Prevention. Vol. 19, 141-143. Published, 05/2018.
  • S. DeFlorio-Barker, C. Wing, R.M. Jones & S. Dorevtich (2018). Estimate of incidence and cost of recreational waterborne illness on United States surface waters. Environmental Health. Vol. 17, 3. Published, 03/2018.
  • R.M. Jones & I. Burstyn (2018). A Conceptual model of take-home exposures. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 15, D8-D11. Published, 03/2018.
  • K.S. Almberg, M.E. Turyk, R.M. Jones, K. Rankin, S. Freels, J.M. Graber & L.T. Stayner (2017). Arsenic in drinking water and adverse birth outcomes in Ohio. Environmental Research. Vol. 157, 52-59. Published, 05/2017.
  • R.M. Jones & I. Burstyn (2017). Bayesian analysis of occupational exposure data with conjugate priors. Annals of Workplace Exposures and Health. Vol. 61, 504-514. Published, 05/2017.
  • H. Lei, R.M. Jones & Y. Li (2017). Exploring surface cleaning strategies to prevent contact transmission of infectious disease. BMC Infectious Diseases. Vol. 17, 85. Published, 05/2017.
  • L.T. Phan & R.M. Jones (2017). Noise exposure on Chicago Transit Authority trains. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Vol. 14, D86-D91. Published, 03/2017.
  • S. DeFlorio-Barker, T.J. Wade, R.M. Jones, L. Friedman, C. Wing & S. Dorevtich (2017). Estimated costs of sporadic gastrointestinal illness associated with surface water recreation: A combined analysis of data from NEEAR and CHEERS studies. Environmental Health Perspectives. Vol. 125, 215-222. Published, 02/2017.
  • Y.M. Su, L.T. Phan, O. Edomwande, R.T. Weber, S.C. Bleasdale, L.M. Brosseau, M. Sikka & R.M. Jones (2017). Contact patterns during cleaning of vomitus: A simulation study. American Journal of Infection Control. Vol. 45, 1312-1317. Published, 01/2017.