Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Jennifer Moss, PhD

Jennifer Moss, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

Dr. Jennifer Moss is an expert in geographic disparities in cancer prevention behaviors, including vaccination, tobacco use and screening. More broadly, Dr. Moss conducts research on rural health, cancer prevention and control, adolescent health (particularly vaccination against human papillomavirus or HPV), and social epidemiology.

As part of a three-year K22 Transition Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Moss will seek additional training in innovative research methods and dissemination of clinical innovations. In addition, she will develop and test a package of materials to promote self-sampling for cervical and colorectal cancer screening among women in underserved communities in Pennsylvania. The findings from this research can improve cancer detection among people experiencing elevated rates of cervical and colorectal cancer.

  • Papillomavirus Vaccines
  • Neoplasms
  • Vaccines
  • Vaccination
  • Communication
  • Parents
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Mortality
  • Health
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Immunization

Clinical Trials

Self-sampling for cancer tests among women in PA: Focus groups
Increasing cancer screening among women in rural and segregated areas: A multilevel intervention based on self-screening and adapted educational materials
A mixed-methods implementation evaluation of a pilot study to increase self-sampling for cancer screening: Interviews with previous study participants

Recent Publications


Moss, JL, Johnson, NJ, Yu, M, Altekruse, SF & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Comparisons of individual- and area-level socioeconomic status as proxies for individual-level measures: evidence from the Mortality Disparities in American Communities study', Population Health Metrics, vol. 19, no. 1, 1.
Spanos, KE, Kraschnewski, JL, Moss, JL, Wong, A & Calo, WA 2021, 'Parent support for social media standards combatting vaccine misinformation', Vaccine, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 1364-1369.
Stoltzfus, KC, Popalis, ML, Reiter, PL & Moss, JL 2021, 'Perspectives on self-sampling for cancer screening among rural and urban women: Multilevel factors related to acceptability', Journal of Rural Health.
Leach, KM, Granzow, ME, Popalis, ML, Stoltzfus, KC & Moss, JL 2021, 'Promoting colorectal cancer screening: A scoping review of screening interventions and resources', Preventive Medicine, vol. 147, 106517.


Roy, S, Moss, JL, Rodriguez-Colon, SM, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Examining Older Adults’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Cancer Screening and Overscreening: A Qualitative Study', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, vol. 11.
Moss, JL, Roy, S, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Geographic Variation in Overscreening for Colorectal, Cervical, and Breast Cancer Among Older Adults', JAMA network open, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. e2011645.
Moss, JL, Pinto, CN, Srinivasan, S, Cronin, KA & Croyle, RT 2020, 'Persistent poverty and cancer mortality rates: An analysis of county-level poverty designations', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 29, no. 10, pp. 1949-1954.
Moss, JL, Pinto, CN, Mama, SK, Rincon, M, Kent, EE, Yu, M & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Rural–urban differences in health-related quality of life: patterns for cancer survivors compared to other older adults', Quality of Life Research, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1131-1143.
Geyer, NR, Moss, JL, Wang, M & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Spatial relationship between ambulatory surgery centers and colorectal cancer mortality within Pennsylvania, United States', Public Health, vol. 189, pp. 126-128.
Moss, JL, Tatalovich, Z, Zhu, L, Morgan, C & Cronin, KA 2021, 'Triple-negative breast cancer incidence in the United States: ecological correlations with area-level sociodemographics, healthcare, and health behaviors', Breast Cancer, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 82-91.


Moss, JL, Liu, B & Zhu, L 2019, 'Adolescent Behavioral Cancer Prevention in the United States: Creating a Composite Variable and Ranking States’ Performance', Health Education and Behavior, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 865-876.
Moss, JL, Ehrenkranz, R, Perez, LG, Hair, BY & Julian, AK 2019, 'Geographic disparities in cancer screening and fatalism among a nationally representative sample of US adults', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 73, no. 12, pp. 1128-1135.
Moss, JL, Stinchcomb, DG & Yu, M 2019, 'Providing higher resolution indicators of rurality in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database: Implications for patient privacy and research', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 28, no. 9, pp. 1409-1416.


Roberts, MC, Murphy, T, Moss, JL, Wheldon, CW & Psek, W 2018, 'A qualitative comparative analysis of combined state health policies related to human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in the United States', American journal of public health, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 493-499.
Moss, JL, Murphy, J, Filiaci, VL, Wenzel, LB, Minasian, L & Temkin, SM 2019, 'Disparities in health-related quality of life in women undergoing treatment for advanced ovarian cancer: the role of individual-level and contextual social determinants', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 531-538.
Kiviniemi, MT, Ellis, EM, Hall, MG, Moss, JL, Lillie, SE, Brewer, NT & Klein, WMP 2018, 'Mediation, moderation, and context: Understanding complex relations among cognition, affect, and health behaviour', Psychology and Health, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 98-116.
Moss, JL, Xiao, Q & Matthews, CE 2018, 'Patterns of cancer-related health behaviors among middle-aged and older adults: Individual- and area-level socioeconomic disparities', Preventive Medicine, vol. 115, pp. 31-38.
Moss, JL, Liu, B & Zhu, L 2018, 'State Prevalence and Ranks of Adolescent Substance Use: Implications for Cancer Prevention', Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 15, 170345, pp. E69.


Moss, JL, Liu, B & Zhu, L 2017, 'Comparing percentages and ranks of adolescent weight-related outcomes among U.S. states: Implications for intervention development', Preventive Medicine, vol. 105, pp. 109-115.
Moss, JL 2017, 'Evolving Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination by Sex and Time: Implications for Clinicians and Interventionists', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 269-270.
Blake, KD, Moss, JL, Gaysynsky, A, Srinivasan, S & Croyle, RT 2017, 'Making the case for investment in rural cancer control: An analysis of rural cancer incidence, mortality, and funding trends', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 992-997.
Waldrop, AR, Moss, JL, Liu, B & Zhu, L 2017, 'Ranking states on coverage of cancer-preventing vaccines among adolescents: The influence of imprecision', Public Health Reports, vol. 132, no. 6, pp. 627-636.
Moss, JL, Liu, B & Feuer, EJ 2017, 'Urban/Rural Differences in Breast and Cervical Cancer Incidence: The Mediating Roles of Socioeconomic Status and Provider Density', Women's Health Issues, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 683-691.

Clinical Trials Search

Children (age < 18 years)
Adults (age >= 18 years)