Jodi Ford, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
(614) 292-6862

320 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210








Research Interests

Social Determinants of Health and Health Care; Effects of Social Context on Psychosocial and Biological Health; Biomeasures of Chronic Stress; Adolescent and Young Adult Health



Current Data Collection

Biomeasures of chronic stress (hair and saliva for cortisol), immune function (saliva for EBV IgG antibody and viral DNA) and global epigenetic regulation (salivary telomeres) are being collected on a representative sample of approximately 1500 urban adolescents to investigate the relationships between exposure to adverse social environments, biomeasures of stress, and behavioral and health outcomes. To date, over 1200 samples have been collected and assays are underway in the OSU CON laboratory.  Hair for cortisol is also being collected longitudinally approximately 1 year after the first wave to investigate change in stress over time and the extent to which chronic stress predicts future health and well-being.



Selected Grant Funding

Ford, J.L. (PI) & Browning, C.R.
Gender differences in the effects of adverse environments on physiologic stress
Ohio State University Institute for Population Research 
Total award: $25,000     05/15/2015 – 05/14/2016


Ford, J.L. (PI), Browning, C.R., Calder, C. 
Sociospatial exposures to crime and violence and chronic physiologic stress among urban adolescents. 
Ohio State University Criminal Justice Research Center
Total award: $10,000     01/01/2015 – 12/31/2015


Ford, J.L. (PI), Browning, C.R., McCarthy, D., & Szalacha, L.
Linking biological and social pathways to adolescent health and well-being.
National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Total award: $409,194     07/15/2013 – 06/30/2015


Ford, J.L. (PI), Browning, C.R., & Salsberry, P.  
The contribution of neighborhood and school disadvantage during adolescence to sexual risk & STI during young adulthood: A multilevel analysis.  
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program
Total award: $350,000     09/01/2010 – 08/31/2013



Selected Publications (*student)

Ford, J.L., Boch, S.*, & McCarthy, D. (accepted). Feasibility of hair collection for cortisol measurement in population research on adolescent health. Nursing Research.


Boch, S.* & Ford, J.L. (2015). C-reactive protein levels among U.S. adults affected by parental incarceration. Biological Research for Nursing, 17, 574-84.


Ford, J.L. & Browning, C.R. (2015). Exposure to neighborhood immigrant concentration from adolescence to young adulthood and immune function among Latino young adults. Health & Place, 32, 59-64. 


Ford, J.L. & Browning, C.R. (2014). Effects of exposure to violence with a weapon during adolescence on adult hypertension. Annals of Epidemiology, 24, 193-8.


Ford, J.L. & Browning, C.R. (2014). Neighborhoods and infectious disease risk: Acquisition of chlamydia during the transition to young adulthood. Journal of Urban Health, 91, 136-50.


Ford J.L. & Stowe, RP.  (2013). Racial/ethnic differences in Epstein-Barr virus antibody titers among U.S. children and adolescents. Annals of Epidemiology, 23, 275-80.


Ford, J.L & Rechel, M. (2012). Parental perceptions of the neighborhood context and adolescent depression. Public Health Nursing, 29, 390-402.


Ford, J.L. & Browning, C.R. (2011). Neighborhood social disorganization and the acquisition of trichomoniasis among young adults in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1696-703.


Ford, J.L. (2011). Racial and ethnic disparities in HPV awareness and vaccination among young adult women: Findings from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Family Growth. Public Health Nursing, 28, 485-493.


Ahijevych, K, & Ford J.L. (2010). The relationships between menthol cigarette preference and state tobacco control policies on smoking behaviors of young adult smokers in the 2006-2007 Tobacco Use Supplements to the Current Population Surveys. Addiction, 105 (s1), 46-54.


Smith, L. & Ford, J. (2010). History of forced sex and young adult males' engagement in sexual risk behaviors. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2, 87-92.


Ford, J. & Forthofer, M. (2010). Social disparities in the receipt of contraceptive services among sexually experienced adolescent females. Social Work in Public Health, 25, 352-367.


Nearns, J. (2009). Health insurance and prescription contraceptive use among yourng adult women at risk for unintended pregnancy. Contraception, 79, 105-110.


Nearns, J., Baldwin, J., & Clayton, H. (2009). Social, behavioral and health care factors associated with recent HIV testing among sexually active non-Hispanic Black women in the U.S.  Women's Health Issues, 19, 52-60.