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Martha Jones

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm


PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MPA, Princeton University


As an economist, Dr. Jones has been employed in a research capacity at a number of organizations including the the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the State of California.  She has written numerous reports for the State of California on topics such as workers compensation, illness and injury incidence rates, employment in the movie production industry, tax policies, California demographics, and Census 2000 mail response rates. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she taught courses in economics and statistics at various schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco State University, Mills College, and St. Mary’s College, as well as in Geneva Switzerland (International University) and Lausanne Switzerland (Business School Lausanne).


  • Applied Economics
  • Demography
  • Disability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Public Finance

Recent Publications

The following July 2019 reports were funded by a collaborative agreement with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Grant Number: 5U6-OH10896-03. Project website:

Martha Jones and co-authors, “Occupational Health Sub-State Measures Technical Guidance and Examples,” Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Occupational Health Section, Sub-state measures, June 2016.

Joe, Lauren, Rachel Roisman, Stella Beckman, Martha Jones, John Beckman, Matt Frederick, and Robert Harrison “Using Multiple Data Sets for Public Health Tracking of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses in California”American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 57, Issue 10, , pages 1110-1119, October 2014.

Using an Administrative Workers’ Compensation Claims Database for Occupational Health Surveillance in California: Validation of a Case Classification Scheme for Amputations” Rachel Roisman, Lauren Joe, Matthew Frederick, Stella Beckman, John Beckman, Martha Jones, Robert Harrison.

  • Published in: Use of Workers’ Compensation Data for Occupational Safety and Health: Proceedings from June 2012 Workshop; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); Cincinnati, OH; DF Utterback and TM Schnorr, eds.; DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-147; May 2013.