Blake Jones, Assistant Professor
Office: 1092 KMBL
After high school, I came to BYU with plans to become a pediatrician. Along the way, I started to do research with BYU faculty and developed a passion for research that seeks to understand how human behavior is related to health and well-being. I changed course and went to graduate school at Purdue University, where I completed my M.S. degree studying how temperament and personality influence helping children's behaviors.
After Purdue, I worked for the State of Indiana Department of Child Services as a family case manager for a year and a half. Then I came back to BYU from 2007-2010, where I completed my Ph.D. studying emotional regulation and perceptual development in young children, as well as how parental work roles influence health and well-being in the family. From 2010-2013 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I was mentored by Dr. Barbara Fiese, an expert in how daily family routines influence children's health and well-being. Then in 2013 I returned to Purdue University as an assistant professor. After five wonderful years at Purdue I was offered a position at BYU, where I am now privileged to be an assistant professor in Psychology.
- PhD in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University, 2010
- Master of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, 2006
- Bachelor of Science in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University, 2002
My research program addresses the influence of daily routines and behaviors on health and well-being. Specifically, I am interested in how daily routines such as family mealtimes, bedtime routines, media use, and parental work schedules are associated with obesity, sleep problems, and hypertension in children and adolescents. I am also interested in identifying how physiological stress, psychological stress, and hormones influence the relationship between routines and health outcomes.
- Faculty Mentor selected for Service Learning Grant Award ($900) from Purdue University,
- Finalist for 'Favorite Faculty Award' (campus wide program) - 2017 from Purdue University,
- Cluster Hire Community Building Award ($15,000) from Purdue University,
- 1st Place Graduate Student Poster Award (prize $300) from Mary Lou Fulton Conference - Brigham Young University,
- Blaine R. Porter Doctoral Scholar Award for 2009 ($3,000) from Brigham Young University,
- Graduate Student Excellence Scholarship - 2009 ($850) from Brigham Young University,
- Graduate Studies Travel Award - 2009 ($400) from Brigham Young University,
- Mary Lou Fulton Research Mentor Award for 2009 ($5,000) from Brigham Young University,
- Blaine R. Porter Doctoral Scholar Award for 2008 ($3,000) from Brigham Young University,
- Graduate Student Excellence Scholarship - 2008 ($1,000) from Brigham Young University,
- Graduate Studies Travel Award - 2008 ($500) from Brigham Young University,
- Mary Lou Fulton Research Mentor Award for 2008 ($5,000) from Brigham Young University,
- Society for Research in Child Development
- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
- Reicks, M., Davey, C., Anderson, A. K., Banna, J., Cluskey, M., Gunther, C. W., & Jones, B. L. (forthcoming). Frequency of eating alone among adolescents is associated with dietary intake, perceived parent support and weight status: Cross-sectional FLASHE Study results. Public Health Nutrition.
- Taylor, Z. E., & Jones, B. L. (forthcoming). Cultural contributors to ego-resiliency and associations with depressive problems in Midwestern Latino youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
- Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., & Saltzman, J. A. (2018). Systems unify family psychology. In Barbara H. Fiese (Ed.), Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology (pp. 1-47). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
- Jones, B. L., Hill, E. J., & Miller, R. B. (forthcoming). Work-family fit, family routines, and family satisfaction in Singapore. In Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resources.
- Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., Marceau, K., Nair, N., & Jones, B. L. (2018). Associations between effortful control, cortisol awakening response, and depressive problems in Latino preadolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence.
- Taylor, Z. E., Jones, B. L., Anaya, L. Y., & Evich, C. D. (2018). Effortful control as a mediator between contextual stressors and adjustment in Latino youth. Journal of Latino/a Psychology, 6(3), 248-257.
- Hopkins, L. C., Penicka, C., Evich, C. D., Jones, B. L., & Gunther, C. C. (forthcoming). Project SWEAT (Summer Weight and Environmental Assessment Trial): Study protocol of an observational study utilizing a multi-state, prospective design that examines the weight gain trajectory among a racially and ethnically diverse convenience sample of economically disadvantaged school-age children. British Medical Journal Open (BMJ Open).
- Jones, B. L. (2018). Making time for family meals: Parental influences, home eating environments, barriers and protective factors. Physiology and Behavior, 193(B), 248-251.
- Jones, B. L., Elwazeer, S., & Taylor, Z. E. (2018). Salivary uric acid and C‐reactive protein associations with hypertension in Midwestern Latino preadolescents and their parents. Developmental Psychobiology, 60(1), 104-110.
- Musaad, S. M., Speirs, K. E., Hayes, J. T., Mobley, A. R., Fitzgerald, N., Jones, B. L., Sigman-Grant, M. (2017). The impact of environmental, parental and child factors on health-related behaviors among low-income children. Appetite, 112, 260-271.
- Schmitt, S. A., Korucu, I., Jones, B. L., Snyder, F., Evich, C. D., & Purpura, D. J. (2017). Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children. Early Child Development and Care.
- Kwak, Y., Taylor, Z. E., Anaya, L. Y., Feng, Y., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2017). Cumulative family stress and diurnal cortisol response in Midwest Latino families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(1), 82-97.
- Dhillon, J., Craig, B. A., Leidy, H. J., Amankwaah, A. F., Anguah, K. O., Jacobs, A., & Jones, B. L. (2016). The effects of increased protein intake on fullness: A meta-analysis and its limitations. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(6), 968-983.
- Fiese, B. H., Gundersen, C., Koester, B., & Jones, B. L. (2016). Family chaos and mealtime planning in food insecure households. Economics and Human Biology, 21, 147-155.
- Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., & Jarick, J. (2015). Family mealtime dynamics and food consumption: An experimental approach to understanding distractions. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4(4), 199-211.
- Jones, B. L., Fiese, B. H., & Kids Team, S. (2014). Parent routines, child routines, and family demographics associated with obesity in parents and preschool-aged children. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 5, 1-10.
- Dev, D. A., McBride, B. A., Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., Cho, H., & Kids Team, S. (2013). Risk factors for overweight/obesity in preschool children: An ecological approach. Childhood Obesity, 9(5), 399-408.
- Kong, A., Jones, B. L., Fiese, B. H., Schiffer, L. A., Odoms-Young, A., Kim, Y., Fitzgibbon, M. L. (2013). Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-aged children. Eating Behaviors, 14, 451-455.
- Fiese, B. H., & Jones, B. L. (2012). Food and family: A socio-cultural ecological perspective for child development. Advances in Child Development, 42, 307-337.
- Jones, B. L., Scoville, D. P., Hill, E. J., Childs, G., Leishman, J. M., & Nally, K. S. (2008). Perceived versus used workplace flexibility in Singapore: Predicting work-family fit. In Journal of Family Psychology (pp. 774-783). Provo: American Psychological Association.