JaNelle Ricks

JaNelle Ricks

JaNelle Ricks

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


Areas of Expertise

  • sexual and reproductive health
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • health disparities
  • social determinants
  • adolescent health
  • sexual and gender minority health
  • program evaluation


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Emory University, 2016
  • DrPH, Behavioral Health, University of Kentucky, 2013

Since becoming active in public health in 2008, Dr. Ricks has been involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating cross-sectional and prospective studies in rural tobacco control policy, cancer prevention and control, childhood stress and trauma, and HIV/STD/unintended pregnancy prevention for youth and young adult populations in rural and urban settings. Her current research addresses sexual and reproductive health issues among adolescent/young adult, racial/ethnic and sexual minority populations. Her research examines the intersection of individual, social and environmental determinants of health, with particular emphasis on health disparities.