Lenette M. Jones, PhD, RN, FAHA

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2180 NURS1

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-1371
Lenette Jones is accepting new PhD students.


  • Hypertension self-management
  • Health disparities
  • Neurobiological mechanisms of interventions (neuroimaging and fMRI)
  • Health information behavior (acquisition, sharing, and use)

Dr. Jones is a behavioral nurse scientist interested in eliminating the health disparities affecting African-American women with hypertension. Her program of research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms – biological, psychological, social, and physical – of self-management interventions. She uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore the neuroprocesses associated with self-management behaviors, such as diet, exercise, and medication-taking. She also examines how health information behavior (seeking, sharing, and use) can be enhanced to support blood pressure self-management. In her current studies, Dr. Jones is designing and pilot-testing interventions to improve self-management of blood pressure among African American women.


Dr. Jones’s teaching philosophy is guided by three core principles: structure, support, and engagement. She aims to create an environment that students: 1) understand requirements to demonstrate mastery of course content, 2) feel respected, supported, and are respectful of others, 3) utilize critical thinking skills to problem solve and 4) are encouraged to think of and share ideas that are innovative and creative.

In addition to teaching in the classroom setting, Dr. Jones has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, in nursing and other disciplines.

Affiliations / Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2022 – present
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, 2020 – present
  • Member, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, A Professional Nursing Organization, 2018 – present
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Rho Chapter
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2014 – present
  • Member, National Black Nurses Association, 2013 – present
  • Member, American Nurses Association, 2010 – present
  • Chair, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Self-Care Research Interest Group, 2017-2018
  • Member, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, 2016-2018

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, 2021
  • Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society 44th Annual Conference, 2020
  • Future Research Leaders Conference, National Institutes of Health, 2019
  • Self-Care Research Interest Group New Investigator Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society 42nd Annual Conference, 2018
  • Scholar, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) Program, 2017
  • Scholar, National Institutes of Health, “Grantwriting Uncovered: Maximizing Strategies, Help, Opportunity, Experience” Program (GUMSHOE), 2016


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2017
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014
  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002

Publication Highlights

  • Saslow, L. R., Jones, L. M., Sen, A., Wolfson, J. A., Diez, H. L., O'Brien, A., Leung, C. W., Bayandorian, H., Daubenmier, J., Missel, A. L., & Richardson, C. (in press). A randomized trial of a very low-carbohydrate vs. DASH diet leads to greater metabolic improvements among adults with hypertension, prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, and overweight or obesity. Annals of Family Medicine.

  • Jones, L. M., de Marco, K., Keener, K., & Monroe, K. (in press). Blood pressure and self-management in Black women with hypertension: Protocol revisions to the BRAINS study due to the COVID-19 pandemic. JMIR Research Protocols.

  • Jones, L. M., Sullivan, S., Cuffee, Y., Monroe, K., Rafferty, J., & Giordani, B. (2022). MindingMe: A feasibility study on conducting neuroimaging research among diverse groups. Nursing Research, 72(2), 158-163. doi: 10.1097/nnr.0000000000000637. PMID: 36729826.

  • Jones, L. M., Moss, K., Mitchell, J., Still, C., Hawkins, J., Tang, E., & Wright, K. (2022). Challenges to dietary hypertension self-management as described by a sample of African American older adults. Worldviews of Evidence-Based Nursing, 19(1), 64-72. doi: 10.1111/wn.12555.

  • Jones, L. M., Ginier, E., Debbs, J., Eaton, J., Hawkins, J., Rios-Spicer, R., Tang, E., Schertzing, C., & Giordani, B. (2020). Exploring representation of diverse samples in fMRI studies conducted in patients with cardiac-related chronic illness: A focused systematice review. Frontiers in Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00108. PMID: 32477079.

  • Mogos, M. F., Jones, L. M., Whitehead, A., Piscotty, R., & Goba, G. (2019). Prevalence, correlates, and outcomes of co-occurring depression and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Journal of Women's Health, 28(11), 1460-1467. 

  • Jones, L. M., Wright, K. D., Jack, A. I., Friedman, J. P., Fresco, D. M., Veinot, T., Wei, L., & Moore, S. M. (2019) The relationships between health information behavior and neural processing in African Americans with prehypertension. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 70(9), 968-980. PMCID: PMC6886119.

  • Jones, L. M., Wright, K. D., Moss, K., Rosemberg, M.-A., & Killion, C. (2018). "Maybe this generationg here could help the next generation": Older African American women's perceptions on information sharing to improve health in younger generations. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11(1), 39-47. PMCID: PMC6314487.

  • Jones, L.M., Wright, K.D., Wallace, M. K., Veinot, T.C. (2018). “Take an opportunity whenever you get it”: Information sharing among African-American women with hypertension. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(1), 168-171. PMCID: PMC5846476.

  • Jones, L. M., Rosemberg, M.-A., & Wright, K. D. (2017). Opportunties for the advanced practice nurse to enhance self-management of blood pressure in African American women. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 31(6), 311-318. PMCID: PMC5679274.

  • Jones, L.M., Veinot, T.C., Pressler, S. J., Coleman-Burns, P.W., McCall, A.M. (2018). Exploring predictors of information use to self-manage blood pressure in african american women with hypertension. Journal of Minority and Immigrant Health, 20(3), 569-576. PMCID: PMC5628088.

  • Jones, L.M., Veinot, T.C., & Pressler, S. J. (2018). Cell phone information seeking explains blood pressure in african american women. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(5), 617-632.  PMID: PMC5511080.

  • Moore, S.M., Jones, L., Alemi, F. (2016). Family self-tailoring: Applying a systems approach to improving family healthy living behaviors. Nursing Outlook, 63(4), 306-311. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.006.

  • Tate, N., Dillaway, H., Yarandi, H., Jones, L., & Wilson, F. (2015). An examination of eating behaviors, physical activity, and obesity in african american adolescents: Gender, socioeconomic status, and residential status differences. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(3), 243-254. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.11.005.