Personal Statement

Dr. Randy A. Jones is a believer in promoting education through active engagement that helps develop students’ ability to think critically in complex situations. It is important to inspire students, faculty, and the public to participate in continual learning, research, and be actively involved in committees/organizations that enhances health and overall well-being.

Biography

Dr. Randy A. Jones – Associate Professor at the School of Nursing. Dr. Jones’ research and publications focus on health disparities, prostate cancer, chronic illness, and decision-making. He has received funded research grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the American Nurses Foundation.   Dr. Jones is currently an investigator on several grants, including Principal Investigator on an NIH/NINR-R01 grant that focuses on advanced prostate cancer and treatment decision-making.

Dr. Jones has held a number of leadership roles. He is a member of several boards, and a recipient of numerous honors, including being a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumnus, National Advisory Committee (NAC) member for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, NAC member for the AAN’s Institute for Nursing Leadership, Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health, and the National Black Nurses Association Institute of Excellence Scholar.

Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Hampden-Sydney College and entered the University of Virginia as a second-degree student where he earned his BSN, MSN, a Post-Master's, and a PhD in nursing, making him a triple `Hoo.

Honors and Awards

  • Davis-Sams Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Indiana University (2013)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing (2012)
  • Oscar and Ruth Lanford Research Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2011)
  • Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund of Faculty Excellence, (2010)
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society Fellow, (2010)
  • Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health Award, (2010)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2009)
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2009)
  • Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund of Faculty Excellence, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2009)
  • Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health Award, National Medical Association (2005)

Recent Grants

  • Decision Navigation for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment Options using mHealth, Principal Investigator, R01 - NIH/NINR (2/6/17 – 12/31/20)
  • Determinants of Quality of Life in Proton and Conventional Radiation Therapy Patients: A Feasibility Study, Principal Investigator, UVA Cancer Center (4/1/17 – 3/31/18)
  • Leveraging mHealth and wireless sensing to empower patients and family caregivers in the safe and effective management of cancer pain, Co-Investigator/Mentor, Engineering-In-Medicine (11/1/17 – 10/31/18)
  • Tele-cystoscopy: widening access to bladder cancer surveillance, Co-Investigator, American Cancer Society (2/1/17 – 1/31/20)
  • Telecystoscopy: Improving Rural Access to Bladder Cancer Surveillance, Co-Investigator,UVA Cancer Center (2/25/15 – 8/31/18)

Teaching Focus

CARE & Team Based Leadership CARE & Team Based Leadership

Service

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Clinical Scholars Advisory Board (2016 - present)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alumni Co-Creator Board (2016 - present)
  • American Academy of Nursing, Leadership Board member (2015 - present)
  • American Academy of Nursing, Institute for Nursing (2014 - present)
  • Emily Couric Cancer Center, Minority Recruitment Task Force Chair (2013 - present)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Diversity Committee, 2012 - present)
  • Black Nurses Association of Charlottesville, President (2010 – present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter, Research Chair, Fundraising (2007 – present)
  • Virginia Prostate Cancer Coalition Board, Board Member, (2007 - present)

Publications

Journal Articles

Msaouel, P., Gralla, R. J., Jones, R. A., & Hollen, P. J. (2017). Key issues affecting quality of life and patient-reported outcomes in prostate cancer: An analysis conducted in 2128 patients with initial psychometric assessment of the prostate cancer symptom scale (PCSS). BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 7, 308-315. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001146

Williams, I. C., Utz, S. W., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Jones, R., & Reid, K. (2014). Enhancing diabetes self-care among rural African Americans with diabetes: Results of a two-year culturally tailored intervention. The Diabetes Educator, 40(2), 231-239. doi:10.1177/0145721713520570

Johnson, C.C., Taylor, A.G., Whaley, D.E., Anderson, J.G., & Jones, R.A. (2014). Feasibility and acceptability of an internet-based, African dance-modified yoga program for African-American women with or at risk for metabolic syndrome. Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy, 4(4), . doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000174

Kools, S., Paul, S. M., Jones, R., Monasterio, E., & Norbeck, J. (2013). Health profiles of adolescents in foster care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing-Nursing Care of Children & Families, 28(3), 213-222. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2012.08.010

Hollen, P.J., Gralla, R.J., Jones, R., Thomas, C., Brenin, D., Weiss, G., Schroen, A., & Petroni, G. (2013). A theory-based decision aid for patients with cancer: Results of feasibility and acceptability testing of DecisionKEYS for Cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21(3), 889-899. PMCID: PMC3625630.

Jones, R. A., Steeves, R., Ropka, M. E., & Hollen, P. J. (2013). Capturing treatment decision making among patients with solid tumors and their support persons. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40(1), E24-31. PMCID: PMC3634347. doi:10.1188/13.onf.e24-e31

Klimmek, R., Noyes, E., Edington-Saunders, K., Logue, C., Jones, R.A., Wenzel, J. (2012). Training of Community Health Workers to Deliver Cancer Patient Navigation to Rural African American Seniors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6(2), 167-174. doi:10.1353/cpr.2012.0017

Wenzel, J., Jones, R., Klimmek, R., Szanton, S., & Krumm, S. (2012). Exploring the role of community health workers in providing cancer navigation: Perceptions of African American older adults. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), E288-E298.

Hood, K.B., Hart, A. Jr., Belgrave, F.Z., Tademy, R.H., & Jones, R.A. (2012). The role of trust in health decision making among African American men recruited from urban barbershops. Journal of the National Medical Association, 104(7-8), 351-359.

Albrecht, T.A., Anderson, J.G., Jones, R., Bourguignon, C., & Taylor, A.G. (2012). A complementary care study combining flaxseed oil, caffeine, fasting, and exercise in women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer: Findings from a case study. Holistic Nursing Practice, 26(6), 308-316.

Jones, R.A., Wenzel, J., Hinton, I., Cary, M., Jones, N.R., Krumm, S., & Ford, J.G. (2011). Exploring cancer support needs for older African American men with prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 19(9), 1411-1419.

Williams, I. C., Utz, S. W., Jones, R., Hinton, I., Steeves, R., & Alexander, G. (2011). Recruitment of rural African Americans for research projects: Lessons learned. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 11(1), Retrieved from http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol11Num01Art08.html.

Jones, R., Wenzel, J., Klimmek, R., Szanton, S., & Krumm, S. (2010). Exploring the Role of Community Health Workers in Providing Cancer Navigation: Perceptions of African American Seniors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(3), E288-E298.

Williams, I., Utz, S., Jones, R.A., Hinton, I., Steeves, R., & Alexander, G. (2010). Recruitment of rural African Americans for research projects: Lessons learned. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 11(1), 1-17.

Jones, R.A., Wenzel, J., Hinton, I., Cary, M., Jones, N.R., Krumm, S., & Ford, J.G. (2010). Exploring cancer support needs for older African American men with prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. Posted ahead of print on August 22, 2010 at http://www.springerlink.com/content/y58kj1, .

Jones, R.A., Steeves, R., & Williams, I. (2010). Family and friend interactions among African American men deciding whether to have a prostate cancer screening. Urologic Nursing, 30(3), 189-194.

Jones, R.A., Steeves, R. & Williams, I. (2009). Strategies for recruiting African American men into prostate cancer screening studies. Nursing Research, 58(6), 452-456.

Jones, R.A., Steeves, R., & Williams, I. (2009). How African American men decide whether or not to get prostate cancer screening. Cancer Nursing, 32(2), 166-172. doi:10.1097/NCC.0b013e3181982c6e

Utz, S.W., Williams, I.C., Jones, R., Hinton, I., Alexander, G., Yan. G., Moore, C., Blankenship, J., Steeves, R. & Oliver, M.N. (2008). Culturally-tailored intervention for rural African Americans with type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 34(5), 854-865.

Jones, R. A., Taylor, A. G., Bourguignon, C., Steeves, R., Fraser, G., Lippert, M., Theodorescu, D., Mathews, H., & Kilbridge, K. L. (2008). Family interactions among African American prostate cancer survivors. Family & Community Health, 31(3), 213-220. doi:10.1097/01.FCH.0000324478.55706.fe

Hart,A.,Underwood,S. M.,Smith,W. R.,Bowen,D. J.,Rivers,B. M.,Jones,R. A.,Parker,D.,Allen,J. C. (2008). Recruiting African-American barbershops for prostate cancer education. Journal of the National Medical Association, 100(9), 1012-1020.

Alexander, G.K., Utz, S.W., Hinton, I., Williams, I., & Jones, R. (2008). Culture brokerage strategies in diabetes education. Public Health Nursing, 25(5), 461-470. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2008.00730.x

Jones, R., Millon-Underwood, S., and Rivers, B. (2007). Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: Issues and challenges of the millennium. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11(6), 865-872. PMID: 18063545.

Rivers, B., Million Underwood, S., Jones, R. (2007). Constructing and Testing Theory Relevant to theDetection and Control of Prostate Cancer in African American Men: A Research Imperative. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 11(1), 22-29.

Jones, R.A., Underwood, S.M. & Rivers, B.M. (2007). Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: issues and challenges. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11(6.), 865-872. PMID: 18063545.

Rivers, B., Million Underwood, S. & Jones, R. (2007). Constructing and testing theory relevant to the detection and control of prostate cancer in African American men. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 11(1), 22-29.

Millon-Underwood, S., Jones, R. & Rivers, B. (2007). Prostate cancer in African American men: review of the science. Journal of Chi Eta Phi, 52(1), 1-7.

Jones, R. A., Taylor, A. G., Bourguignon, C., Steeves, R., Fraser, G., Lippert, M., Theodorescu, D., Mathews, H., & Kilbridge, K. L. (2007). Complementary and alternative medicine modality use and beliefs among African American prostate cancer survivors.. Oncology Nursing Forum.Online, 34(2), 359-364.

Rivers,B.,Millon-Underwood,S.,Jones,R. (2007). Constructing and Testing Theory Relevant to the Detection and Control of Prostate Cancer in African American Men: A Research Imperative. Journal of Theory Construction & Testing, 11(1), 22-29.

Millon-Underwood,S.,Jones,R.,Rivers,B. (2007). Prostate Cancer in African American Men: Review of the Science. Journal of Chi Eta Phi, 52(1), 1-7.

Jones,R. A.,Taylor,A. G.,Bourguignon,C.,Steeves,R.,Fraser,G.,Lippert,M.,Theodorescu,D.,Mathews,H.,Kilbridge,K. L. (2007). Complementary and alternative medicine modality use and beliefs among African American prostate cancer survivors. Oncology nursing forum, 34(2), 359-364.

Jones,R. A.,Underwood,S. M.,Rivers,B. M. (2007). Reducing prostate cancer morbidity and mortality in African American men: Issues and challenges. Clinical journal of oncology nursing, 11(6), 865-872. doi:10.1188/07.CJON.865-872

Jones,R. (2007). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Diabetes. Practical Diabetology, 26(2), 24-26.

Utz, S.W., Steeves, R.H., Wenzel, J., Hinton, I., Jones, R.A., Andrews, D., Murphy, A., & Oliver, M.N. (2006). "Working hard with it": self-management of type 2 diabetes by rural African Americans. Family and Community Health, 29(3), 195-205. PMID/16775470.

Wenzel,J.,Utz,S. W.,Steeves,R. H.,Hinton,I.,Jones,R. A. (2006). Stories of diagnosis from rural Blacks with diabetes. Family & community health, 29(3), 206-213.

Utz,S. W.,Steeves,R. H.,Wenzel,J.,Hinton,I.,Jones,R. A.,Andrews,D.,Muphy,A.,Oliver,M. N. (2006). Working hard with it: self-management of type 2 diabetes by rural African Americans. Family & community health, 29(3), 195-205.

Jones,R. A.,Utz,S.,Wenzel,J.,Steeves,R.,Hinton,I.,Andrews,D.,Murphy,A.,Oliver,N. (2006). Use of complementary and alternative therapies by rural African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 12(5), 34-38.

Jones, R. and Wenzel, J. (2005). Prostate Cancer among African American males: understanding the current issues. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(1), 55-62. PMID: 16255315.

Jones, R.A., & Wenzel, J. (2005). Prostate Cancer among African-American males: understanding the current issues. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(1), 55-62. pmid./16255315.

Wenzel,J., Utz, S. W.,Steeves, R., Hinton, I., Jones, R. A. (2005). "Plenty of sickness": descriptions by African Americans living in rural areas with type 2 diabetes.. Diabetes Educator, 31(1), 98-107.

Wenzel,J.,Utz,S. W.,Steeves,R.,Hinton,I.,Jones,R. A. (2005). "Plenty of sickness": descriptions by African Americans living in rural areas with type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes educator, 31(1), 98-107.

Jones,R. A.,Wenzel,J. (2005). Prostate cancer among African-American males: understanding the current issues.. Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(1), 55-62.

Utz, S., Wenzel, J., Hinton, I., Jones, R., and Steeves, R. (2004). For Your Information: Commission onNursing Practice “Research Poster Session Highlights. ” Plenty of Sickness: Barriers and Facilitators toSelf-Management in Rural African Americans with Diabetes. Virginia Nurse Today, 11(4), 1-20.

Utz, S., Wenzel, J., Hinton, I., Jones, R. & Steeves, R. (2004). "Plenty of sickness": barriers and facilitators to self-management in rural African Americans with diabetes. Virginia Nurse Today, 11(4), 1-20.

Jones, R. (2003). African American Men: Making Health-Care Decisions. NBNA News, Summer, 24-26.

Jones,R. (2003). African American Men: Making Health-Care Decisions. NBNA News, , 24-26.

Book Sections

Jones,R. E.,Brashers,V. L.,Huether,S. E. (2008). Alterations of hormonal regulation. In Huether,S. E., McCance,K. (Eds.), Understanding Pathophysiology (pp. ). St. Louis: Mosby