Samantha Jones

Assistant Professor

Samantha Jones

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Family Medicine

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine


Dr. Samantha Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is a health disparities researcher with extensive experience in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

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  • (706) 721-7518
  • HB-3014


  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences Florida Agricultural & Mechani, 2017

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General South Carolina State Universit, 2011

Awards & Honors

  • Career Development Scholar Program Award Augusta University, 2022

  • CPCPH Pilot Award Georgia Cancer Center - Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health Program, 2020

  • McKnight Dissertation Fellowship Florida Education Fund, 2016

  • Travel Award for Experimental Biology (EB) Meeting Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, 2016

  • Cancer Research Training and Community Service (CRTCS) Fellowship National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Center of Excellence, 2015

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 6230

    Healthcare Matters

Teaching Interests

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) focused on increasing engagement of underserved populations in both clinical and community-based research in efforts to reduce existing health disparities in the US across multiple diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and maternal mortality.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Investigating the association between educational attainment and allostatic load with risk of cancer mortality among African American women., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Association of Food Deserts and Food Swamps With Obesity-Related Cancer Mortality in the US., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • How Attributes of Place Threaten Community Trust in the American South: Opportunities for Improving Pandemic-Related Communication., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Investigating the Association between Educational Attainment and Allostatic Load with Risk of Cancer Mortality among African American Women., 2023
  • Maternal Mortality among African American Women, 2023
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Research Interests

Dr. Jones’ research identifies opportunities for improving quality health care among disadvantaged communities and addresses barriers to cancer care, education and resources. Her current research interests include understanding the role of mental health in the initiation and persistence of poor health behaviors associated with increased morbidity and mortality in disadvantaged populations. Dr. Jones’ long-term goals include increasing community-engaged research approaches in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) and nationally that will eliminate barriers to proper health care and reduce disease burden in minority and underserved populations, as well as increasing minority representation in health science research, with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities.

Dr. Jones has focused on addressing risk-increasing factors for illness including socioeconomic (income level, lack of transportation, lack of access to adequate health care), education about or understanding of disease risks and symptoms, and cultural practices and beliefs related to health care and cancer care which drive the large disparities in disease incidence and mortality experienced by disadvantaged populations. Differences in certain lifestyle behaviors (diet, exercise, and cultural acceptability of smoking and alcohol use) can have a heavier impact on minority and rural populations concerning the top cancers in the US (ie. breast, colorectal, lung, prostate) when coupled with social determinants of health. Further, co-morbidities associated with cancer, such as diabetes and heart disease, are more prevalent in minority and rural populations, indicating the need to address population-specific barriers to achievement of general health.

Department Service

  • Georgia Prevention Institute Director Search Committee 2021 - 2022

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Community Engagement Steering Committee (CESC) 2021 - 2021

    Role: Attendee, Meeting