Blake L. Jones, PhD

Research Interests

Child obesity, child health and well-being, sleep, daily routines, family processes, family mealtimes and bedtime routines, home food environments, work-family issues, cultural influences in health disparities, family resiliency


My career ambitions have always been to work with children and to help promote their health and well-being. With that in mind, I attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and pursued a career in pediatric medicine. During my undergraduate years, I took courses in child development and worked in child development research labs. I enjoyed the research so much that, just before graduation, I changed my focus from medicine to child development research. I chose to come to Purdue University to pursue graduate work in child development and family studies. I finished my master’s degree and worked as a social worker for the State of Indiana for about a year and a half. During that time I enjoyed working directly with at-risk children and their families, but felt strongly drawn back to research. I went back to BYU and finished my Ph.D. Then I was fortunate to get a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I received excellent training in child obesity and family routines research. At each stage of my career development I moved closer to the research area that I am passionate about, understanding and promoting child health and well-being. I joined the HDFS department at Purdue in the fall of 2013, and I am very happy to be back at Purdue!

My research focuses on understanding the factors that influence child obesity, sleep problems, and well-being. Specifically, I am interested in how daily routines, family processes, and the home environment are related to child health. Examples of these routines include family mealtimes, bedtime routines, how children use media (including bedroom TVs and media use during mealtimes), and time issues related to parental work schedules. I am also interested in health disparities experienced by low-income and minority children and families, who are often at higher risk for increased rates of obesity and sleep problems.

Selected Publications

  • Jones, B. L., Elwazeer, S., & Taylor, Z. E. (in press). Uric acid, c-reactive protein, and hypertension in Midwestern Latino youth and their parents. Developmental Psychobiology.

  • Jones, B. L., & Evich, C. D. (in press). Physical appearance and physical activity. Developing adolescents: A reference for professionals. Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association’s Committee on Children, Youth & Families.

  • Taylor, Z. E., Jones, B. L., Anaya, L. Y., & Evich, C. D. (in press). Effortful control as a mediator between contextual stressors and adjustment in Latino youth. Journal of Latino/a Psychology.

  • Kwak, Y. 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.

  • Musaad, S. M., Spiers, K. E., Hayes, J. T., Mobley, A. R., Fitzgerald, N., Jones, B. L., VanBrackle, A., & Sigman-Grant, M. (2017). The impact of environment, parent 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. doi:10.1080/03004430.2017.1299715

  • Dhillon, J., Craig, B. A., Leidy, H. J., Amankwaah, A. F., Anguah, K. O., Jacobs, A. G., Jones, B. L., Jones, J., Keeler, C. L., Keller, B. S., McCrory, M. A., Rivera, R. L., Slebodnik, M., Mattes, R. D., & Tucker, R. M. (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.

  • Jarick, J., Jones, B. L., & Fiese, B. H. (2015). The impact of distraction on food consumption and communication during family meals. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 47(4), 84.

  • Bowers, J. R., Wiley, A. R., Jones, B. L., Ogolsky, B., & Branscomb, K. R. (2014). Intentional harmony in the lives of working partners: Program development and evaluation. Marriage & Family Review, 50, 55–75. doi:10.1080/01494929.2013.851054

  • Jones, B. L., Fiese, B. H., & STRONG Kids Team. (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., McBride, B. A., Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., & Cho, H., on behalf of the STRONG Kids Research Team (2013). Risk factors for overweight/obesity in preschool children in childcare: An ecological approach. Childhood Obesity, 9(5), 1–10.

  • Kong, A., Jones, B. L., Fiese, B. H., Schiffer, L. A., Odoms-Young, A., Kim, Y., Bailey, L., & Fitzgibbon, M. L. (2013). Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-aged children. Eating Behaviors, 14(4), 451–455.   

  • Fiese, B. H., & Jones, B. L. (2012). Food and family: A socio-cultural ecological perspective for child development. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 42, 307–337.

  • Hyde, D. C., Jones, B. L., Flom, R., & Porter, C. L. (2011). Neural signatures of face-voice synchrony in 5-month old human infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 53(4), 359–370.

  • Porter, C. L., & Jones, B. L. (2011). Brief bradycardia at the onset of arm-restraint predicts infants’ emotional reactivity during restraint. Infancy, 16(2), 166–179. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2010.00035.x

  • Galovan, A. M., Fackrell, T. A., Buswell, L. A., Jones, B. L., Hill, E. J., & Carroll, S. J. (2010). The work-family interface in the United States and Singapore: Conflict across cultures. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(5), 646–656.

  • Hyde, D. C., Jones, B. L., Porter, C. L., & Flom, R. (2010). Visual stimulation enhances auditory processing in 3-month-old infants and adults. Developmental Psychobiology, 52(2), 181–189.

  • Porter, C. L., Jones, B. L., Evans, C. A., & Robinson, C. (2009). A comparative study of arm-restraint methodology: Differential effects of mother and stranger restrainers on infants’ distress reactivity at 6 and 9 months of age. Infancy, 14(3), 306–324. doi:10.1080/15250000902840011

  • 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.

Edited Book Chapters

  • Fiese, B. H., Jones, B. L., & Saltzman, J. A. (in press). Systems unify family psychology. In B. H. Fiese (Editor in Chief), M. Celano, K. Deater-Deckard, E. Jouriles, and M. Whisman (Associate Eds.), Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology (pp. 1-47). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • Fiese, B. H., & Jones, B. L. (2012). Food and family: A socio-cultural ecological perspective for child development. In J.B. Benson (Ed.), Advances in child development and behavior, Vol. 42 (pp. 307–337). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

  • Hill, E. J., Caroll, S. J., Jones, B. L., Buswell, L. A., Fackrell, T. A., & Galovan, A. M. (2011). Chapter 12: Temporal workplace flexibility and associated work-life outcomes for professionals. In S. Kaiser, M. J., Ringlstetter, D. R. Eikhof, and M. Pina e Cunha (Eds.), Creating balance?


  • 2010-2013, Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2010, Ph.D., Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University

  • 2006, M.S., Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University

  • 2002, B.S., Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 305 – Biosocial Foundations of the Family

  • HDFS 346 – Research Design and Program Evaluation

  • HDFS 685 – Current Research in Child Obesity (Graduate/MPH Seminar)


  • 2010: First Place Graduate Student Poster Award, Mary Lou Fulton Conference, Brigham Young University

  • 2009: Mary Lou Fulton Research Mentor Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2009: Blaine R. Porter Doctoral Scholar Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2009: Graduate Student Excellence Scholarship, Brigham Young University

  • 2009: Graduate Studies International Travel Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2008: Mary Lou Fulton Research Mentor Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2008: Blaine R. Porter Doctoral Scholar Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2008: Graduate Student Excellence Scholarship, Brigham Young University

  • 2008: Graduate Studies Competitive Travel Award, Brigham Young University

  • 2007 – 2010: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship, Brigham Young University

  • 2003 – 2005: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship, Purdue University


  • 2016-2017: Co-Principal Investigator (with Carolyn Gunther at Ohio State University). Summer Weight and Environmental Assessment Trial (SWEAT). United States Department of Agriculture, North Central Nutrition Education Center for Excellence, $60,000.

  • 2012-2014: Principle Investigator. An Integrated Proposal to Advance Parental Management of the Daily Routines. 2012-03552-00-00. United States Department of Agriculture. Postdoctoral Fellowship through USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, $118,459.

Professional Service

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Community, Work and Family

  • Human Relations

  • Journal of Adolescence

  • Journal of Family Issues

  • Journal of Family Psychology

  • Journal of Family Studies

  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology

  • Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

  • Pediatrics

Blake Jones

Assistant Professor

Faculty Associate:  
   Center for Families
   Center on Poverty and Health
   Ingestive Behavior Research
   HHS Public Health Graduate
   Regenstrief Center for Healthcare
   and Engineering

(PhD, Brigham Young University)

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