Dr. Jennings’ primary research contributions are in the area of sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV transmission dynamics with a specific interest in determining the mechanisms through which place plays a role in local transmission dynamics causing endemic rates of STIs and HIV. Secondarily, she has begun to make significant research contributions in the application of epidemiologic principles to the translation of research questions in pediatrics.
Dr. Jennings is the principal investigator on a five-year Career Development Award (K01) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The primary goal of the K01 is to determine whether and the extent to which drug markets explain the association between structural factors of neighborhoods and risks for STIs among urban, disadvantaged youth.
She collaborates closely with the Baltimore City Health Department and is the lead on an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control to decrease HIV transmission in Baltimore City through the identification of high HIV transmission areas. The project will involve enhancing screening and testing in identified areas as well as public health detailing to primary care providers.
Dr. Jennings also leads a large-scale evaluation of evidence-based programs designed to reduce teen pregnancy and negative reproductive outcomes in the State of New Jersey.
Dr. Jennings collaborates with colleagues within and outside the Division on a wide array of health outcomes including pelvic inflammatory disease, pediatric obesity, intimate partner violence, cardiology and sickle cell disease. She also teaches and advises graduate public health and medical school students.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Data Management (BEAD)
Trent M, Haggerty CL, Jennings JM, Lee S, Bass DC, Ness R. "Adverse adolescent reproductive health outcomes after pelvic inflammatory disease." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Jan;165(1):49-54. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.256.
Brunetti MA, Ringel R, Owada C, Coulson J, Jennings JM, Hoyer MH, Everett AD. "Percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus: a multiinstitutional registry comparing multiple devices." Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2010 Nov 1;76(5):696-702. doi: 10.1002/ccd.22538.
Jennings JM, Taylor R, Iannacchione VG, Rogers SM, Chung SE, Huettner S, Ellen JM. "The available pool of sex partners and risk for a current bacterial sexually transmitted infection." Ann Epidemiol. 2010 Jul;20(7):532-8. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2010.03.016.
Fichtenberg CM, Jennings JM, Glass TA, Ellen JM. "Neighborhood socioeconomic environment and sexual network position." J Urban Health. 2010 Mar;87(2):225-35. doi: 10.1007/s11524-009-9425-9. Epub 2010 Feb 6.
Thompson DA, Sibinga EM, Jennings JM, Bair-Merritt MH, Christakis DA. "Television viewing by young Hispanic children: evidence of heterogeneity." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Feb;164(2):174-9. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.257.