PhD, Nursing, 2006, University of Mississippi Medical CenterPostdoctoral Fellow, 2006-08, Health Promotion & Risk Reduction, University of Michigan
Dr. Jennifer 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. She is involved as an investigator, research mentor and co-director of the Community-Engaged Research Core of the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (MCCTR); J. Wilson, PI). The Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Core includes a week-long annual Summer Institute, CEnR Working Group and a Community Advisory Board. Other recent research has been with the Deep South Network for Cancer Control using 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. Robinson's dissertation research focused on social and contextual determinants of individual and neighborhoods and their effect on individual physical activity using socio-ecological theoretical approach. Much of her research utilizes a GIS to spatially locate individuals within neighborhoods.
She spends a large amount of time teaching and mentoring doctoral students. Her primary teaching is in the PhD program, where she teaches theory construction and testing, directed research and special topics, as well as serve as the advisor for PhD students' dissertations.