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Jennifer Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD

Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor - Currently Accepting PhD Students


Jennifer M. Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD, (she/her/hers) earned her MPH (2006) and PhD (2010) at Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences.  After completing her doctoral training, she was awarded a competitive fellowship grant by the American Cancer Society for three years of focused training and research in LGBTQ+ cancer control and prevention, at Boston University School of Public Health.  She joined the University of Tennessee Department of Public Health faculty in 2013. 

Her main goal is to reduce and eliminate health inequity and health disparities among medically underserved groups, including adult and aging sexual and gender minority (SGM) people (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender). This vision involves the development and implementation of innovative, multilevel, prevention interventions that extend beyond exclusive focus on the individual, to a focus on healthcare systems, communities, and the contextual systems within which individuals exist.

Her current program of research involves translating and delivering online mindfulness-based stress reduction programs to LGBTQ+ communities to reduce stress caused by structural and interpersonal stigma. She is also working with regional and local healthcare systems to improve healthcare to become affirming and competent for LGBTQ+ patients and clients. 

She teaches courses in the MPH and doctoral programs including Health and Society (PH555), Program Evaluation (PH537), and Dissemination and Implementation Science (PH650).  This means that in her courses she teaches students the ways in which social structures—economic stability, neighborhood and built environment, education, social and community context, and access to healthcare—cause and influence health and disease. We consider and evaluate how social determinants intersect with systems of privilege and oppression, including racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, sexism, and cis-sexism, which also shape and influence health and disease.

She also leads “JabsLabs”,  a public health research lab that provides a multi-level training environment in which she provides students/trainees direct, personalized, weekly, one-on-one and group, supervision and mentoring. In addition, as student skills become advanced, they provide one another peer-mentoring to accomplish research tasks and practice where students learn how to give and receive supervision and mentoring. The ultimate goal of JabsLabs is for students to gain experience and expertise in research aimed at solving public health problems and advancing the health of marginalized populations. Current projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Project OM: an online mindfulness-based stress reduction program for lesbian and bisexual women in Tennessee
  • OM for Men: an online mindfulness-based stress reduction program for gay and bisexual men in East Tennessee
  • Coming Soon: Online mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for gender expansive and transgender individuals in Tennessee
  • Transgender food insecurity: a qualitative pilot study
  • Student Led: Farmers’ Markets for All?
  • Student Led: Structural stigma, psychosocial risk factors and tobacco use among sexual minority women

In her free time, she loves to play with her giant golden retriever, Wesley, and tiny Chihuahua, Timone. She also loves to cook big for friends, run, dance, lift weights, do yoga, and travel.

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 Tree, MPH, PhD

Contact Information

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