I received my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in August, 2003. During my graduate training, I specialized in health psychology and behavioral medicine and focused my doctoral research on correlates of sexual functioning among lesbians. Upon completion of my doctoral degree, I accepted a faculty position with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where I have worked to cultivate a line of research focused on cervical cancer prevention in under-served groups of women.
My research is concentrated on cancer disparities, with an emphasis on cervical cancer prevention in under-served groups of women. My research focuses on two target populations of under-served women: women from developing countries and lesbians. As part of cultivating this line of research, I recently completed data collection for an intramurally funded pilot study of factors associated with HPV infection in Malian women in West Africa. I have an established collaborative relationship with the director and staff of the Center for Vaccine Development-Mali (a University of Maryland field site based in the capital city to support research activities) and other cervical cancer researchers located in Bamako, Mali to facilitate this research.
I recently received an R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute to explore barriers to cervical cancer screening in lesbians.
Other research interests include female sexual functioning as a quality-of-life issue and sex differences in chronic diseases and conditions.
I am trained as a health psychologist.
Lab Techniques and Equipment
In addition to my primary research interests, my research team and I provide data capture, database design and management, and data analysis support to other researchers on the UMB campus. We offer data capture support using the Teleform software system for scannable forms and build custom databases using Microsoft Access. We also offer consultation on the use of Internet-based methods of data collection.
Grants and Contracts:
R21CA120635 (PI: Tracy, JK)
Identifying Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening in Lesbians.
Taylor, MD, Tracy, JK, Meyer, WA, Pasquale, M, & Napolitano, LM (2002). Trauma in the elderly: Intensive care unit resource use and outome. Journal of Trauma, 53(3), 407-414.
George, A, Tracy, JK, Meyer, WA, Flores, RH, Wilson, DP, & Hochberg, MC (2003). Racial Differences in Bone Mineral Density in Older Men. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 18(12), 1-7.
Gannon, CJ, Pasquale, M, Tracy, JK, McCarter, RJ, Napolitano, LM (2004). Male gender is associated with increased risk for postinjury pneumonia. Shock: Injury, inflammation, and sepsis: Laboratory and clinical approaches. 21(5),410-4.
Tracy, JK, Meyer, WA, Flores, RH, Hochberg, MC (2005). Racial differences in rate of decline in bone mineral density at the total hip: The Baltimore Men's Osteoporosis Study (MOST). Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 20(7), 1228-34.
Tracy, JK, Meyer, WA, Grigoryan, M, Fan, B, Flores, RH, Genant, HK, Hochberg, MC (2006). Racial differences in the prevalence of vertebral fractures in older men: The Baltimore Men's Osteoporosis Study. Osteoporosis International, 17(1), 99-104.
Tracy, JK, and Junginger, J (2007). Correlates of sexual functioning in lesbian women. Journal of Women's Health, 16(4), 499-509.
Brown, JP & Tracy, JK (2008). Lesbians and cancer: An overlooked health disparity. Cancer Causes and Control.
Brown, JP, Gallichio, L, Flaws, JA, Tracy, JK (Jan 2009). Relations among menopausal symptoms, sleep disturbance, and depressive symptoms in midlife. Maturitas.