Blake Jones, Assistant Professor
Office: 1092 KMBL
I grew up in Arizona, and 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 my family felt it was time to move closer to our extended families and back to the mountains. When I was offered a position to come back here, we jumped at the chance and I am now privileged to be an assistant professor in Psychology at BYU.
- 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.
- Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., & Saltzman, J. A. (2019). Systems unify family psychology. Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology, 1(1), 3-19.
- Taylor, Z. E., & Jones, B. L. (forthcoming). Cultural contributors to ego-resiliency and associations with depressive problems in Midwestern Latino youth. In Journal of Research on Adolescence.
- Jones, B. L., Hill, E. J., & Miller, R. B. (forthcoming). Work-family fit, family routines, and family satisfaction in Singapore. Asian Pacific Journal of Human Resources.
- Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., Marceau, K., Nair, N., & Jones, B. L. (forthcoming). 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. In Esteban V. Cardemil (Ed.), Journal of Latino/a Psychology (pp. 248-257). American Psychological Association.
- Hopkins, L. C., Penicka, C., Evich, C. D., Jones, B. L., & Gunther, C. C. (2018). 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), 8(8), 1-13.
- 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. Journal of Family Psychology, 22(5), 774-783.