Jessica McDermott Sales, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


B.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Iowa, 1998
M.A., Cognition and Development, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2000
Ph.D., Cognition and Development, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2004-2007

Research Statement

My current research focuses on HIV/STD interventions targeting African-American adolescent females and mentally ill adolescents. I am involved in data management and analysis, as well as conceptual and practical design, and implementation of the aforementioned studies.



Grant Support

Past Funding
NIH / National Institute of Mental Health
Project Title: Factors Associated with Teens' Non-Responsiveness to HIV Intervention
Project Period: April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2014
Role: Principal Investigator
This is a NIMH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) to augment my training and research in HIV/STD prevention research for vulnerable adolescents. Towards this goal, I will participate in courses, workshops, seminars, and mentoring meetings to enhance my existing knowledge and research skills, and acquire new knowledge and research skills specific to the design, implementation, adaptation and evaluation of HIV/STD prevention programs for adolescents.

NIH / NIDA (Brody - PI)
Project Title: A Transdisciplinary Center Focused on rural African American Families.
Project Period: 09/01/2009 - 06/30/2014
Role: Co-Investigator
The overall aim of this Core Center of Excellence (CCOE) is to conduct research that will transform etiological models of drug abuse and sexual risk behavior and the prevention programs they inform in general and those for rural African American chidrenm, youth, and their families in particular


Recent Publications

Beach, S.R., Sales, J.M. (2016) Editorial: Refining Prevention: Genetic and Epigenetic Contributions.  Front Psychol. 2016 Feb 11;7:145. eCollection 2016. No abstract available.

North Clarke, K.E., Kraft, J.M., Wiener, J.B., Hatfield-Timajchy, K., Kottke, M., Sales, J.M., Goedken, P., Kourtis, A.P. (2016)  Factors associated with contraceptive use differ between younger and older African-American female adolescents. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Feb 11. pii: S1083-3188(16)00165-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2016.01.129. [Epub ahead of print]

Smearman, E.L., Almli, L.M., Conneely, K.N., Brody, G.H., Sales, J.M., Bradley, B., Ressler, K.J., Smith, A.K. (2016) Oxytocin Receptor Genetic and Epigenetic Variations: Association With Child Abuse and Adult Psychiatric Symptoms. Child Dev. 2016 Jan;87(1):122-34. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12493. PMCID: PMC4733885

Seib, K., Underwood, N.L., Gargano, L.M., Sales, J.M., Morfaw, C., Weiss, P., Murray, D., Vogt, T.M., DiClemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M.  (2016)  Preexisting Chronic Health Conditions and Health Insurance Status Associated With Vaccine Receipt Among Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Feb;58(2):148-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Dec 10.

Swartzendruber, A., Sales, J.M., Rose, E.S., DiClemente, R.J. (2016) Alcohol Use Problems and Sexual Risk Among Young Adult African American Mothers.  AIDS Behav.  20 Suppl 1:74-83. doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1228-2.

Sales, J.M., Brown, J.L., Swartzendruber, A.L., Smearman, E.L., Brody, G.H., DiClemente, R. (2015) Genetic sensitivity to emotional cues, racial discrimination and depressive symptoms among African-American adolescent females. Front Psychol. 2015 Jun 22;6:854. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00854. eCollection 2015. PMCID: PMC4476200

Ricks, J.M., Swartzendruber, A.L., Sales, J.M., Boyce, L.S., DiClemente, R.J., Rose, E. (2105) Acceptance of and experiences utilising expedited partner therapy among African-American juvenile girls. Sex Health. 2015 Jun 29. doi: 10.1071/SH15050. [Epub ahead of print]

Swartzendurber, A., Murray, S.H., Sales, J.M., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., Graham, C.A., DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M. (2015) Influence of sexual arousability on partner communication mediators of condom use among African American female adolescents. Sex Health. 2015 May 25. doi: 10.1071/SH15019. [Epub ahead of print]

Gargano, L.M., Underwood, N.L., Sales, J.M., Seib, K., Morfaw, C., Murray, D., DiClemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M.  (2015) Influence of sources of information about influenza vaccine on parental attitudes and adolescent vaccine receipt.  Hum Vaccin Immunother. 11:1641-7. PMCID: PMC4514164

Swartzendruber, A., Sales, J.M., Brown, J.L., DiClemente, R.J., Rose, E.S. (2016) Comparison of Substance Use Typologies as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in African American Adolescent Females. Arch Sex Behav. 45:63-72.

Underwood, N.L., Weiss, P., Gargano, L.M., Seib, K., Rask, K.J., Morfaw, C., Murray, D., DiClemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M., Sales, J.M. (2015) Human papillomavirus vaccination among adolescents in Georgia. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 11:1703-8.  PMCID: PMC4514386

Gargano, L.M., Weiss, P., Underwood, N.L., Seib, K., Sales, J.M., Vogt, T.M., Rask, K., Morfaw, C., Murray, D.L., DiClemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M.  (2015) School-Located Vaccination Clinics for Adolescents: Correlates of Acceptance Among Parents.  J Community Health. 40:660-9.

Danielson, C.K., Walsh, K., McCauley, J., Ruggiero, K.J., Brown, J.L., Sales, J.M., Rose, E., Wingood, G.M., Diclemente, R.J. (2014) HIV-Related Sexual Risk Behavior Among African American Adolescent Girls.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 23:413-9. PMCID: PMC4011471

Swartzendruber, A., Sales, J.M., Brown, J.L., Diclemente, R.J., Rose, E.S. (2014)  Correlates of incident Trichomonas vaginalis infections among African American female adolescents. Sex Transm Dis. 41:240-5.

Gargano, L.M., Herbert, N.L., Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Vogt, T.M., Morfaw, C., Jones, L.M., Murray, D., Diclemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M. (2014) Development, Theoretical Framework, and Evaluation of a Parent and Teacher-Delivered Intervention on Adolescent Vaccination. Health Promot Pract. 15:556-567.

Sales, J.M., Smearman, E.L., Brody, G.H., Milhausen, R., Philibert, R.A., Diclemente, R.J. (2013) Factors associated with sexual arousal, sexual sensation seeking and sexual satisfaction among female African American adolescents. Sex Health.; 10:512-21. PMCID: PMC3839054

Gargano, L.M., Herbert, N.L., Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Morfaw, C., Rask, K., Murray, D., DiClemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M. (2013) Impact of a physician recommendation and parental immunization attitudes on receipt or intention to receive adolescent vaccines. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 9:2627-33.

Herbert, N.L., Gargano, L.M., Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Morfaw, C., Murray, D., Diclemente, R.J., Hughes, J.M. (2013)  Understanding reasons for participating in a school-based influenza vaccination program and decision-making dynamics among adolescents and parents. Health Educ Res. 28:663-72. PMCID: PMC3708138

DiClemente, R.J., Brown, J.L., Sales, J.M., Rose, E.S. (2013) Rate of decay in proportion of condom-protected sex acts among adolescents after participation in an HIV risk-reduction intervention. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr.; 63 Suppl 1:S85-9. PMCID: PMC3662369

DiClemente, R.J., Bradley, E., Davis, T.L., Brown, J.L., Ukuku, M., Sales, J.M., Rose, E.S., Wingood, G.M. (2013)  Adoption and implementation of a computer-delivered HIV/STD risk-reduction intervention for African American adolescent females seeking services at county health departments: implementation optimization is urgently needed. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr.; 63 Suppl 1:S66-71. PMCID: PMC3660838

Swartzendruber, A., Zenilman, J.M., Niccolai, L.M., Kershaw, T.S., Brown, J.L., Diclemente, R.J., Sales, J.M. (2013) It takes 2: partner attributes associated with sexually transmitted infections among adolescents. Sex Transm Dis; 40(5):372-8. Review. PMCID: PMC3894602

Wood, J.R., Milhausen, R.R., Sales, J.M., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S.A., Diclemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M. (2013)  Arousability as a predictor of sexual risk behaviours in African-American adolescent women. Sex Health. 10:160-5.

Sales, J.M., Diclemente, R.J., Brody, G.H., Philibert, R.A., Rose, E. (2013) Interaction Between 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism and Abuse History on Adolescent African-American Females' Condom Use Behavior Following Participation in an HIV Prevention Intervention. Prev Sci. 15:257-67. PMCID: PMC3769489

Sales, J.M., Merrill, N.A., Fivush, R. (2013) Does making meaning make it better? Narrative meaning making and well-being in at-risk African-American adolescent females. Memory. 21:97-110. PMCID: PMC3564999

Sales, J.M., Diclemente, R.J., Davis, T.P., Sullivan, S. (2012) Exploring why young African American women do not change condom-use behavior following participation in an STI/HIV prevention intervention.  Health Educ Res. 27:1091-101. PMCID: PMC3498602

Diclemente, R.J., Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Gargano, L.M. (2012) "Build it and they will come. Or will they?" Overcoming barriers to optimizing delivery of seasonal influenza vaccine to US adolescents.  Expert Rev Vaccines. 11(4):387-9.

Sales, J.M., Whiteman, M.K., Kottke, M.J., Madden, T., DiClemente, R.J. (2012) Dual protection use to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancy. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol. 2012:972689. PMCID: PMC3320009

Berg, C.J., Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Mays, D., Rose, E., Wingood, G.M., Diclemente, R.J. (2012) Smoking as a risk factor for STI diagnosis among African American females.  Am J Health Behav. 36(4):505-12.

Sales, J.M., Brown, J.L., Vissman, A.T., Diclemente, R.J. (2012) The association between alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among african american women across three developmental periods: a review. Curr Drug Abuse Rev. 5(2):117-28. PMCID: PMC3815711

Brown, J.L., Sales, J.M., Diclemente, R.J., Latham Davis, T.P., Rose, E.S. (2012) Characteristics of African American adolescent females who perceive their current boyfriends have concurrent sexual partners.  J Adolesc Health. 50:377-82. PMCID: PMC3313465

Brown, J.L., Sales, J.M., Diclemente, R.J., Salazar, L.F., Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P., Brown, L.K., Romer, D., Valois, R.F., Stanton, B.. (2012) Predicting Discordance Between Self-reports of Sexual Behavior and Incident Sexually Transmitted Infections with African American Female Adolescents: Results from a 4-city Study. AIDS Behav. 16:1491-500. PMCID: PMC3471653

Diclemente, R.J., Young, A.M., Painter, J.L., Wingood, G.M., Rose, E., Sales, J.M. (2012) Prevalence and correlates of recent vaginal douching among African American adolescent females. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 25:48-53. PMCID: PMC3252400

Latham, T.P., Sales, J.M., Renfro, T.L., Boyce, L.S., Rose, E., Murray, C.C., Wingood, G.M., Diclemente, R.J. (2011) Employing a teen advisory board to adapt an evidence-based HIV/STD intervention for incarcerated African-American adolescent women.  Health Educ Res. 27:895-903.

Diclemente, R.J., Sales, J.M., Danner, F., Crosby, R.A. (2011) Association Between Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Young Adults' Self-reported Abstinence.  Pediatrics. 127(2):208-13. PMCID: PMC3387859

Sales, J.M., Latham, T.P., Diclemente, R.J., Rose, E. (2010) Differences between dual-method and non-dual-method protection use in a sample of young African American women residing in the Southeastern United States.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164(12):1125-31. PMCID: PMC3815712

Hue, G., Sales, J., Comeau, D., Lynn, D.G., Eisen, A. (2010)  The American science pipeline: sustaining innovation in a time of economic crisis. CBE Life Sci Educ. 9(4):431-4. PMCID: PMC2995760

Seth, P., Sales, J.M., Diclemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M., Rose, E., Patel, S.N. (2010) Longitudinal Examination of Alcohol Use: A Predictor of Risky Sexual Behavior and Trichomonas vaginalis Among African-American Female Adolescents.  Sex Transm Dis. 38:96-101

Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Pazol, K., Wingood, G.M., Windle, M., Orenstein, W.A., DiClemente, R.J. (2010) Psychosocial correlates of intention to receive an influenza vaccination among rural adolescents.  Health Educ Res. 25(5):853-64.

DiClemente, R.J., Ruiz, M.S., Sales, J.M. (2010) Barriers to adolescents' participation in HIV biomedical prevention research. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 54 Suppl 1:S12-7. PMCID: PMC2925395

Latham, T.P., Sales, J.M., Boyce, L.S., Renfro, T.L., Wingood, G.M., DiClemente, R.J., Rose, E. (2010) Application of ADAPT-ITT: adapting an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for incarcerated African American adolescent females.  Health Promot Pract. 11(3 Suppl):53S-60S.

Painter, J.E., Sales, J.M., Pazol, K., Grimes, T., Wingood, G.M., DiClemente, R.J. (2010) Development, theoretical framework, and lessons learned from implementation of a school-based influenza vaccination intervention.  Health Promot Pract. 11(3 Suppl):42S-52S.

Sales, J.M., Lang, D.L., Hardin, J.W., Diclemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M. (2010) Efficacy of an HIV prevention program among African American female adolescents reporting high depressive symptomatology.  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 19(2):219-27. PMCID: PMC2834440

DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M., Crosby, R.A., Salazar, L.F., Head, S., Rose, E., Sales, J.M., Caliendo, A.M. (2009) Anal sex is a behavioural marker for laboratory-confirmed vaginal sexually transmissible infections and HIV-associated risk among African-American female adolescents. Sex Health. 6:111-116.

DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M., Rose, E.S., Sales, J.M., Lang, D.L., Caliendo, A.M., Hardin, J.W., Crosby, R.A. (2009) Efficacy of sexually transmitted disease/human immunodeficiency virus sexual risk-reduction intervention for african american adolescent females seeking sexual health services: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 163:1112-1121.

Rose, E., DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M., Sales, J.M., Latham, T.P., Crosby, R.A., Zenilman, J., Melendez, J., Hardin, J. (2009)  The Validity of Teens' and Young Adults' Self-reported Condom Use. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 163:61-4.

Sales, J.M., Salazar, L.F., Wingood, G.M., DiClemente, R.J., Rose, E., Crosby, R.A. (2008) The mediating role of partner communication skills on HIV/STD-associated risk behaviors in young African American females with a history of sexual violence. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 162:432-8.

DiClemente, R. J., Crittenden, C. P., Rose, E., Sales, J. M., Wingood, G. M., Crosby, R. A., & Salazar, L. M. (2008) Psychosocial predictors of HIV-associated sexual behaviors and the efficacy of prevention interventions in adolescents at-risk for HIV infection: What works and what doesn’t work?  Psychosomatic Medicine, 70:598–605.

Wingood, G. M., Sales, J. M., Braxton, N., and DiClemente, R.J. (2008).  Preventing HIV among African-American female adolescents: development and evaluation of a gender and culturally congruent prevention intervention. In: The Handbook of Prevention and Intervention Programs for Adolescent Girls. C. Lecroy & J. Mann. (Eds.), Wiley. Chap. 5, pp. 163-186.

DiClemente, R.J., Wingood, G.M., Crosby, R.A., Salazar, L.F., Rose, E., Sales, J.M., Caliendo, A.M. (2008) Prevalence, correlates, and efficacy of selective avoidance as a sexually transmitted disease prevention strategy among African American adolescent females. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 162:60-5.


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