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Jarron Saint Onge, Ph.D.

Jarron Saint Onge portrait
Professor, Population Health

Associate Professor, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Professional Background

Jarron M. Saint Onge, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas and Associate Professor of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also a research affiliate at the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • BA, Psychology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Professional Affiliations
  • Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Population Association of America, Government and Public Affairs Committee (GPAC), Member, 2014 - 2020
  • Southern Demographic Association, Vice President, 2013 - 2014
  • Southern Demographic Association, Board of Directors, Member, 2011 - 2014
  • Population Association of America, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Southern Demographic Association, Member, 2005 - Present



Professor Saint Onge is a sociologist and social demographer by training. He has expertise in nationally representative survey data, U.S. Census data, and quantitative data analysis. His research has been focused on understanding how social determinants of health continue to influence health disparities, by sociodemographic characteristics such as race/ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Specifically, his research has been focused on the relative importance of social and residential context (i.e., neighborhoods factors) on health behaviors, as well as well as implications for distinct health lifestyles and subsequent health and mortality outcomes. He is dedicated to improving the health of marginalized communities, with recent research focused on health behaviors for race/ethnic minorities, rural populations, and same-sex couples.

  • Mollborn, S, Lawrence, E., M, Saint Onge, J., M. 2021. Contributions and Challenges in Health Lifestyles Research.. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 62 (3), 388-403
  • Saint Onge, J., M, Brooks, J., V. 2021. The exchange and use of cultural and social capital among community health workers in the United States.. Sociology of health & illness, 43 (2), 299-315
  • Bratter, Jenifer, Campbell, Mary., E, Saint Onge, Jarron., M. 2020. Living race together: the role of partner's race in racial/ethnic differences in smoking. Ethnicity & Health, 25 (1), 141--159
  • Denney, Justin., T, Saint Onge, Jarron., M, Dennis, Jeff., A. 2018. Neighborhood Concentrated Disadvantage and Adult Mortality: Insights for Racial and Ethnic Differences. Population Research and Policy Review, 37 (2), 301-321