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Below is a list of my published, under review, and in-progress research projects. Click the title to read the full text.

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Riska, Kristal Mills, Sarah B. Peskoe, Maragatha Kuchibhatla, Alexander Gordee, Juliessa Pavon, Se Eun Kim, Jessica S. West, & Sherri L. Smith. (2021) Ear and Hearing. DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000001111.
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Kamis, Christina, Allison Stolte, Jessica S. West, Samuel Fishman, Taylor Brown, Tyson Brown, & Heather R. Farmer. (2021) SSM-Population Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2021.100845
West, Jessica S., Sherri L. Smith, & Matthew E. Dupre. (2021) In: Gu, D., Dupre, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Health. Spring, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_1135-1
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Read, Jen’nan G., Scott M. Lynch, & Jessica S. West. (2021) Population Research and Policy Review. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-020-09632-5
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West, Jessica S. & Scott M. Lynch. (2020) Journals of Gerontology Series B. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa166​

Zang, Emma, Scott M. Lynch, and Jessica S. West. (2020) Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2020-214267

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West, Jessica S., Kevin H. Franck, & D. Bradley Welling. (2020) Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. DOI: 10.1002/lio2.382

West, Jessica S. (2020) Journals of Gerontology Series B. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa023

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Read, Jen’nan G., Jessica S. West, & Christina Kamis. (2020) Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112754

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Read, Jen’nan G., Kristine J. Ajrouch, & Jessica S. West. (2019) SSM - Population Health. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100325

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West, Jessica S. (2017) Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.031

West, Jessica S., Jacob C.M. Low, & Konstantina M. Stankovic. (2016) Ear and Hearing. DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000238

Under review

"To Make and Keep Friends: The Role of Physical Health in Adolescent Network Tie Formation and Persistence.”
  • Copeland, Molly, Christina Kamis, & Jessica S. West
  • Revise and resubmit at Journal of Health and Social Behavior, July 30, 2021
"U.S. Regional Disparities in Physical Distancing: Evaluating Racial and Socioeconomic Divides During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Zang, Emma, Jessica S. West, Nathan Kim, & Christina Pao
  • Preprint available. DOI: 10.31235/
  • Revise and resubmit at PLOS ONE, July 30, 2021
"A Socio-Demographic Overview of Diverse Communities in Arab Detroit."
  • Ajrouch, Kristine J., Jessica S. West, & Jen’nan G. Read
  • Book chapter
"The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Disability on Mental Health Trajectories in Mid- to Late-Life."
  • West, Jessica S. & Christina Kamis
  • Under review at Journal of Aging and Health, September 8, 2021

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 among Older Adults in the U.S.”