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Jill G. Joseph, M.D., Ph.D. M.P.H. View profile as PDF

Research/Academic Interests

As associate dean for research, Joseph leads the research program at the School of Nursing and develops and implements a strategic plan to further enhance the school’s focus on Healthy Systems and Healthy People. She also supports research development through mentorship and collaboration, assures high-quality research infrastructure and support systems, and promotes robust and high-impact, interprofessional research.

Her most recent work is broadly focused on understanding and addressing pediatric health disparities and the related system barriers. Her research included the evaluation of programs to enhance parental and child mental health in Head Start, a randomized trial of interventions to improve behavioral risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes in African-American women, and studies of violence exposure.

As a generalist, Joseph has also participated in studies of pediatric brain injury, medication errors and improved asthma treatment.


Associate Dean for Research, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis


Public Health Sciences, Health Policy, Pediatrics General


Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Center for Health and Technology
4610 X St., #2301
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-5675

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Department Phone: 916-734-2145


Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan, 1993
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1980
M.P.H., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1979
B.S., UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1975

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Public Health Association
International Conference on AIDS
Society for Epidemiologic Research

Select Honors and Awards:

Outstanding House Officer Award, Montefiore Medical Center, 1996

Outstanding Graduate, MSU College of Human Medicine, 1992

Distinction in Teaching, UC Berkeley, 1983

Margaret Mead Fellowship, 1977

Select Recent Publications:

Shaikh U, Nettiksimmons J, Joseph JG, Tancredi DJ, Romano PS. Clinical Practice and Variation in Care for Childhood Obesity at Seven Clinics in California. Qual Prim Care. 2012; 20(5):335-44.

Horn IB, Mitchell SJ, Wang J, Joseph JG, Wissow LS. African-American Parents’ Trust in their Child’s Primary Care Provider. Academy of Pediatrics. 2012 Aug; 159(2):262-7.

Natale JE, Joseph JG, Rogers AJ, Mahajan P, Cooper A, Wisner DH, Miskin ML, Hoyle JD, Atabaki SM, Dayan PS, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N. Cranial computed tomography use among children with minor blunt head trauma: association with race/ethnicity. Archive of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine. 2012 Aug 1;166(8):732-7

Joseph JG, Purucker M, Eskandanian K, Batshaw M, Tuchman M. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National: Improving Health Through Pediatric Research. Clinical and Translational Science Journal. 2012 Feb; 5-7.

Natale JE, Joseph JG, Honomichl RD, Bazanni LG, Kagawa KJ, Marcin JP. Benchmarking, public reporting, and pay-for-performance: A mixed-methods survey of California pediatric intensive care unit medical directors. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2011 Nov;12(6):e225-32.

Horn IB, Mitchell SJ, Joseph JG, Wissow LS.African-American parents' perceptions of partnership with their child's primary care provider. Journal of Pediatrics 2011 Aug;159(2):262-7. Epub 2011 Mar 22

Mitchell SJ, Lewin A, Rasmussen A, Horn I, Joseph JG. Maternal distress explains the relationship of young African American mothers’ violence exposure with their preschoolers’ behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011 Feb;26(3):580-603. Epub 2010 May 6

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