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Emily J. Jones is an Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Jones’ work as a nurse scientist and tribal-community research partner impacts the evolving U.S. Indigenous maternal health research landscape and advances maternal health equity. Her research was the first to demonstrate the unique type 2 diabetes-related risk perceptions of Indigenous women with gestational diabetes and set the stage for a decade-plus of sustained research collaborations with regionally-diverse tribal nations. Her work contributes to redefining perinatal-lifecourse care as she leads interdisciplinary research teams to advance Indigenous postpartum health equity and collaborates nationally to advocate for nursing care that is culturally-safe and whole-person oriented. She currently leads a PCORI-funded project focused on building capacity to advance Indigenous maternal health equity in the Southern Plains. Additionally, as Fellow and Board of Directors member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, she elevates nursing’s role in preventing maternal cardiometabolic disease and addressing cardiovascular-related pregnancy complications. Through leadership in research and national service, her work advances perinatal-lifecourse health equity.

Dr. Jones received her BSN from Oklahoma Baptist University and PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Emily Jones


Associate Professor

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


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