Below is a list of my published, under review, and in-progress research projects. The links will take you to the journal site. Click the button below to see a PDF of my full CV.


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Kamis, Christina, Allison Stolte, Jessica S. West, Samuel Fishman, Taylor Brown, Tyson Brown, & Heather R. Farmer. (2021) "Overcrowding and COVID-19 Mortality Across U.S. Counties: Are Disparities Growing Over Time?"SSM-Population Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100845
West, Jessica S., Sherri L. Smith, & Matthew E. Dupre. (2021) "Hearing Loss." In: Gu, D., Dupre, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Health. Spring, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_1135-1
Read, Jen’nan G., Scott M. Lynch, and Jessica S. West. 2021. “Disaggregating Heterogeneity among Non-Hispanic Whites: Evidence and Implications for U.S. Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities.”Population Research and Policy Review. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-020-09632-5

West, Jessica S. and Scott M. Lynch. 2020. “Demographic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Life Expectancy with Hearing Impairment in the United States.” Journals of Gerontology Series B. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa166​

Zang, Emma, Scott M. Lynch, and Jessica S. West. 2020. “Regional Differences in the Impact of Diabetes on Population Health in the United States.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2020-214267

West, Jessica S., Kevin H. Franck, and D. Bradley Welling. 2020. "Providing Health Care to Patients with Hearing Loss During COVID-19 and Physical Distancing." Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. DOI: 10.1002/lio2.382

West, Jessica S. 2020. "Hearing Impairment and Mental Health Among Married Couples." Journals of Gerontology Series B. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa023

Read, Jen’nan G., Jessica S. West, and Christina Kamis. 2019. “Immigration and Health among Non-Hispanic Whites: The Impact of Arrival Cohort and Region of Birth.” Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112754

Read, Jen’nan G., Kristine J. Ajrouch, and Jessica S. West. 2019. “Disparities in Disability among Arab Americans by Nativity, Immigrant Arrival Cohort, and Country of Birth.” SSM - Population Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100325

West, Jessica S. 2017. "Hearing Impairment, Social Support, and Depressive Symptoms among U.S. Adults: A Test of the Stress Process Paradigm." Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.031

West, Jessica S., Jacob C.M. Low, and Konstantina M. Stankovic. 2016. "Revealing Hearing Loss: A Survey of How People Verbally Disclose Their Hearing Loss." Ear and Hearing. DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000238

Under review

Copeland, Molly, Christina Kamis, & Jessica S. West. “To Make and Keep Friends: The Role of Physical Health in Adolescent Network Tie Formation and Persistence.”
  • Under review, April 22, 2021
Zang, Emma, Jessica S. West, Nathan Kim, & Christina Pao. “U.S. Regional Disparities in Physical Distancing: Evaluating Racial and Socioeconomic Divides During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Preprint available. DOI: 10.31235/
  • Under review, March 2, 2021.
Riska, Kristal Mills, Sarah B. Peskoe, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Juliessa Pavon, Seeun Amie Kim, Jessica S. West, & Sherri L. Smith. “Impact of Hearing Aid Use on Falls and Falls Related Injury: Results from the Health and Retirement Study.”
  • Revise and resubmit at Ear and Hearing, November 10, 2020.

In progress

Lynch, Scott M., J. Scott Brown, Miles G. Taylor, & Jessica S. West. “No Matter Where You Go, THERE You Were: Early versus Current Region of Residence and Health in Later Adulthood in the U.S.”
West, Jessica S. & Scott M. Lynch. “Hearing and Cognitively Impaired Life Expectancies in the United States.”
Ajrouch, Kristine J., Jen’nan G. Read, & Jessica S. West. “A Socio-Demographic Overview of Diverse Communities in Arab Detroit.” Book chapter.
Kamis, Christina & Jessica S. West. “Depression and Metabolic Syndrome in the Marital Dyad: Is Social Participation a Key Mediator?”

In the Media

Don't want to read the full text? No problem! Check out the links below for easy-to-digest versions of my publications.

The Academic Minute

Click the link below to hear me talk about my research on hearing loss within married couples:

"Stress Spillover in Marriage Due to Hearing Loss"

Duke Research Blog

Click the link below to read about my research on the link between hearing loss and mental health:

"Hearing Loss and Depression are Connected"

Reuters Health

Click the link below to read about my research on hearing loss disclosure strategies:

"Women better than men at explaining hearing loss."


Click the link below to read a post by Katherine Bouton about my research on hearing loss disclosure strategies:

 "Venus, Mars and Hearing Loss: How do men and women differ when it comes to hearing challenges?"

Hearing Health and Technology Matters

Click the link below to read a post about my research on hearing loss disclosure strategies:

"Fessing Up to Hearing Loss: It's a Gender Thing."