Rhonda Jones-Webb, PhD

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Rhonda Jones-Webb

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-8866

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Berkeley, 1989

MA, African Studies, University of California-Los Angeles, 1976

MSPH, Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, University of California-Berkeley, 1984

BA, English, University of California-Los Angeles, 1974


My research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special focus on race, class, and neighborhood influences. As a leading scholar on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among African Americans, my research focuses on three primary areas: 

  1. alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans;
  2. environmental factors associated with alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans and low income populations; and
  3. environmental policies to prevent alcohol-related problems. 

My research also includes studies of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among youth, young adults, and gay men. 

I am co-director of SPH's Health Equity Work Group and a member of the Alcohol Epidemiology Program, located within SPH's Epidemiology & Community Health Division. 


Equity, injuries, alcohol use and problems, policy, neighborhood influences

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2012–2017, NIH Nat'l Inst. on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoh, "Intersection of Local and State Alcohol Policy: The Case of Malt Liquor," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Univ of Illinois Chicago, "Region V Public Health Training Center Program," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI), "Cancer Related Health Disparities Training Program," Co-Investigator
  • 2016–2017, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "RWJF Change Leaders Programs - Interdisciplinary Research Leaders," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

  • Bensley KM, Harris AH, Gupta S, Rubinsky AD, Jones-Webb R, Glass JE, Williams EC. "Racial/ethnic differences in initiation of and engagement with addictions treatment among patients with alcohol use disorders in the veterans health administration," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Feb 2017
  • Zemore SE, Ye Y, Mulia N, Martinez P, Jones-Webb R, Karriker-Jaffe K. "Poor, persecuted, young, and alone: Toward explaining the elevated risk of alcohol problems among Black and Latino men who drink," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, June 2016
  • Jones-Webb R, Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Zemore SE, Mulia N. "Effects of Economic Disruptions on Alcohol Use and Problems: Why Do African Americans Fare Worse?" Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, March 2016
  • Williams EC, Gupta S, Rubinsky AD, Jones-Webb R, Bensley KM, Young JP, Hagedorn H, Gifford E, Harris AH. "Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Prevalence of Clinically Recognized Alcohol Use Disorders Among Patients from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration," Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research, Feb 2016
  • Erickson DJ, Rutledge PC, Lenk KM, Nelson TF, Jones-Webb R, Toomey TL. "Patterns of Alcohol Policy Enforcement Activities among Local Law Enforcement Agencies: A Latent Class Analysis," International Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research, 2015



  • PubH 6020, Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science
  • PubH 6055, Social Inequalities in Health


In The News

SPH News

In The Media

  • UMN survey gauges sentiment on programs targeting confrontations between police and young black men (MN Daily)
  • African American men's health disparities: Research, practice, and policy implications (Medical Xpress)
  • African-American men's health disparities: Research, practice, and policy implications (EurekAlert!)