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Jennifer Jabson, MPH, PhD

Jennifer M. Jabson, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor


Jennifer M. Jabson, MPH, PhD, received her doctoral and MPH degrees from Oregon State University with emphasis in women's health and cancer survivorship in 2010. After completing her graduate training in public health, she completed an American Cancer Society funded post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Public Health where she specialized in cancer prevention and control and cancer disparities in underserved populations.  Her primary research interests include population health, chronic disease and cancer prevention, and cancer survivorship, including evaluating psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence cancer risk and survivorship among underserved minority groups. Jennifer's scholarly activities include research that explores the role of stress and perceived discrimination in cancer survivorship among sexual minority women, health behaviors of racial/ethnic minority cancer survivors, psychosocial factors that relate to chronic disease risk and cancer survivorship among minority groups, and intervention research designed to reduce risk for chronic disease among women in mid-life.  Jennifer's long range research program will build on current and future developments regarding disparities in cancer prevention and control to the point of developing and implementing multilevel interventions that eliminate cancer and health disparities among underserved groups. 

Originally from Oregon, Jennifer is a recent transplant to Knoxville. In her free time Jennifer participates in marathons, triathlons, and has dabbled in aerial arts training.  When not flying from the trapeze or training for an endurance event, Jennifer can be found "cooking big" for friends and family, and playing with her miniature pinscher, Macy. 

Curriculum Vitae


Jabson, J.M., Donatelle, R.J., Bowen, D. (2010). Breast cancer survivorship: the role of perceived discrimination and sexual orientation, Journal of Cancer Survivorshi, online first, 10.1007/s11764-010-0161-7.

Jabson, J.M., Donatelle, R.J., Bowen, D.J. (2011). The influence of sexual orientation in female breast cancer survivors quality of life, Journal of Women?s Health, 20, 12, 1819-1824.

Jabson, J.M., Blosnich, J. (2012). Representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual People in Cancer Clinical Trials, Annals of Epidemiology, 22, 821-823.

Jabson, J.M., Bowen, D.J. (2013). Cancer Treatment Summaries and Follow-up Care Instructions: Which Cancer Survivors are Receiving Them?, Cancer Causes and Control, 24(5):861-71.

Jabson, J.M., Bowen, D.J. (in press). Stress and sexual orientation among breast cancer survivors, Journal of Homosexuality, [accepted October, 2012]

Demark-Wahnefried, W., Bowen, D., Jabson, J.M., Paskett, E.D. (2011). Scientific bias arising from sampling, selective recruitment, and attrition: the case for improved reporting, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 20(3), 415-8.

Farmer, G.W., Jabson, J.M., Bucholz, K.K., Bowen, D. (in press). A population-based study of cardiovascular disease risk in sexual minority women, American Journal of Public Health, [accepted January, 2013]

Jennifer Jabson, MPH, PhD

Contact Information

  • 367 HPER, 1914 Andy Holt Ave., Knoxville TN 37996
  • Phone: 865-974-0796
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