Cancer Institute

  • Jennifer C. Robinson

    Professor, School of Nursing
    Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
    Cancer Epidemiology Program
    PhD, Nursing, 2006, University of Mississippi Medical Center
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Promotion & Risk Reduction,
    University of Michigan, 2006-08

    Contact information 
    2500 N State St., A206
    Jackson, MS 39216-4505
    Phone: (601) 815-9780


    Research interests

    • Environmental and social determinants of health and health outcomes including cancer
    • Physical activity and the role of insufficient physical activity on the incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease
    • Spatial relationships associated with health and health outcomes

    Research synopsis

    Dr. Robinson's program of research is in physical activity and neighborhood context. She has also concentrated on health disparities associated with geographic location and socioeconomic position and uses a social epidemiological approach. Currently, she is involved as an investigator, research mentor, and co-director of the Community-engaged Research Institute in the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR; J. Wilson, PI). Other recent research has been with the Deep South Network for Cancer Control using a transdisciplinary approach to determine the effects of energy balance through diet and exercise interventions on outcomes associated with cancer incidence and progression.

    She has expertise in the use of geographic information systems (GIS), multilevel statistical modeling, physical activity, working with minority populations, and experience with a large, prospective epidemiological study that is investigating known and novel causes of cardiovascular disease health disparities. Her dissertation research focused on social and contextual determinants of individuals and neighborhoods and their effect on individual physical activity using a socio-ecological theoretical approach. Much of Dr. Robinson's research utilizes a GIS to spatially locate individuals within neighborhoods. She has recently begun to utilize a handheld global positioning system (GPS) to add neighborhood spatial features including built environmental factors.

    Recent accomplishments and honors

    • 2016 -  Daisy Faculty Nominee. A national recognition program to acknowledge nursing faculty for their commitment and inspirational influence on their students. The Daisy Foundation.
    • 2014-present, Associate Affiliate Member, Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.
    • 2010-2014 Member, American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council Prevention Committee.
    • 2007 - Fellow, Physical Activity and Public Health Eight-Day Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies. Sponsored by the CDC and University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center. Competitive selection.
    • 2007 - Fellow, American Heart Association 10-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Competitive selection.

    Selected publications

    • The impact of neighborhood on physical activity in the Jackson Heart Study. Robinson, JC., Wyatt, SB, Dubbert, PM, May, W, & Sims, M (2016). Prev Med. 2016; 90:216-222. DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.07.025. PMCID: PMC5074390 
    • The identity threat of weight stigma and its relationship to stress, coping style, and health behaviors. Hand, W.B., Robinson, J.C., Stewart, M.W., Zhang, L., Wilkerson, R., Boss, B., & Creel, E. (2016, Feb.). Poster. Southern Nurses Research Society Annual Conference. Williamsburg, VA
    • Assessing environmental support for better health: active living opportunity audits in rural communities in the southern United States. Robinson JC, Carson TL, Johnson ER, Hardy CM, Shikany JM, Green E, Willis LM, Marron JV Jr, Li Y, Lee CH, Baskin ML. Prev Med. 2014 Sep;66:28-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.05.021. Epub 2014 Jun 2.
    • A systematic review of interventions to promote physical activity in the preschool setting. Temple M, Robinson JC. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2014 Oct;19(4):274-84. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12081. Epub 2014 May 30.
    • Ethical Issues Surrounding Weight Bias and Stigma in Healthcare. Hand, W., Robinson, J. C., & Creel, E. (2012).Online Journal of Health Ethics, 8(2). 
    • Perceived discrimination and hypertension among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. Sims, M., Diez Roux, A.V., Dudley, A., Gebreab, S., Wyatt, S., Bruce, M. A., James, S. A., Robinson, J. C., Williams, D. R., & Taylor, H. A. (2012). American Journal of Public Health, 102 (S2), S258-S265. DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300523. 
    • Physical Activity and Obesity in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Dubbert, P. M., Robinson, J. C., Sung, J. H., Ainsworth, B. E., Wyatt, S. B., Carithers, T., Newton Jr., R., Rhudy, J. L., Barbour, K., Sternfeld, B., & Taylor Jr., H. (2010). Ethnicity & Disease, 20, 383-389. 
    • Neighborhood Factors Relevant for Walking in Older, Urban, African American Adults. Gallagher, N. A., Gretebeck, K. A., Robinson, J. C., Torres, E. R., Murphy, S. L., & Martyn, K. (2010).Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 18(1), 99-115. NIHMSID # 182012
    • Methods for Retrospective Geocoding in Population Studies: The Jackson Heart Study. Robinson, J. C., Wyatt, S. B, Hickson, D., Gwinn, D., Faruque, F., Sims, M., Sarong, D., & Taylor, H. (2010).Journal of Urban Health, 87(1), 136-150. DOI 10.1007/s11524-009-9403-2. PMCID: PMC2821611.