Nancy L. Jones, Ph.D., M.A.

Dr. Nancy Jones

Division of Scientific Programs
Community Health and Population Sciences
Email: jonesna@nimhd.nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-8945

Dr. Nancy Jones' research interests include the ethical, legal, and social ramifications that research, medicine, and healthcare have on underserved populations. Examples include making explicit underlying norms, values, and philosophies to improve cultural congruence and lessen group harms. Another interest is to support research to improve the ability of theoretical constructs and conceptual models to explain the causes of health disparities.

Dr. Jones' background spans basic and translational biomedical research; medical ethics; legal and social implications of research, healthcare, and policy; and design of curricula and scientific programs. She developed a code of ethics for life sciences and a curriculum to teach ethics and professionalism for biomedical science and engineering graduate students. Dr. Jones lectures on the ethics of health disparities and serves as an adjunct professor of bioethics at Trinity International University.

Dr. Jones graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry in 1981 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1987 before receiving an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2003. Jones joined NIMHD in 2012 and served as co-chair on the Etiology of Health Disparities for the Science Visioning as well as several trans-NIH committees on bioethics.

Selected Publications

  • Kruth, H. S., Jones, N. L., Huang, W., Zhao, B., Ishii, I., Chang, J., . . . Zhang, W.-Y. (2005). Macropinocytosis is the endocytic pathway that mediates macrophage foam cell formation with native LDL. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 180, 2352-2360.
  • Jones, N. L. (2007). A code of ethics for the life sciences. Science and Engineering Ethics, 13 25-43.
  • Jones, N. L., Peiffer, A. M., Lambros, A., Guthold, M., Johnson, A. D., Tytell, M., . . . Eldridge, J. C. (2010). Developing a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum for professionalism and scientific integrity training for biomedical graduate students. Journal of Medical Ethics, 36, 614-619.
  • Jones, N. L. (2011). Raising scientific experts: Competing interests threaten the scientific record but courage and sound judgment can help. American Scientist, 99, 458-461.
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