Biography

Dr. Tarsha Jones is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing. Her area of expertise is in community and public health nursing. Her research interests focuses on cancer prevention and risk-reduction of breast and ovarian cancers. She is interested in developing an intervention to provide decision-support and to increase uptake of BRCA and other high penetrance genetic testing among underserved populations, particularly young Black and Hispanic women with a hereditary cancer risk in order to promote early detection, risk-reduction, and to reduce cancer health disparities among these groups. Her doctoral dissertation examined the use of cancer genetics services and factors associated with uptake of genetic counseling and testing among young Black breast cancer survivors diagnosed at age 45 and younger. Findings revealed an underutilization of cancer genetic services among these women and most reported that they did not receive a recommendation to have genetic testing despite being diagnosed with early-age-onset breast cancer. This work was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and selected for an oral podium presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) World Congress. Dr. Jones is also interested in integrating cancer risk assessment and genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes in nursing practice within community health settings.

Teaching

Undergraduate courses, NUR4638 population health: nursing situations 

Recent Publications

Jones, T., J.S. Lockhart, K.E. Mendelsohn-Victor, et al. (2016). Use of Cancer Genetics Services in African-American Young Breast Cancer Survivors. Am J Prev Med, doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.03.016

Underhill, M., Jones, T., Habin, K. (2016). Disparities in cancer genetic risk assessment and testing. ONF, 43(4)519-23. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.519-523.

Jones, T., Katapodi, M., & Lockhart J. (2015). Factors influencing breast cancer screening and risk assessment among young African American women: An integrative review of the literature. JAANP, 27(9):521-9. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12223

Honors/Awards

2003

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Induction, Seton Hall University

2009

Paul Ambrose Scholar, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, Washington, DC

2009

Alumni Award for Excellence in Masters Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

2016

Distinguished Dissertation Award, Duquesne University School of Nursing, PA

2015-2016

Appointment at Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow

2016-2017     

Participant, City of Hope Intensive Cancer Risk Assessment Course

2016-2017

Participant, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN-STAR) Steps Towards Academic Research Program

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Seton Hall University, New Jersey
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Community/Public Health: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Nursing (PhD): Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston