Jessica Duncan Cance

Jessica Duncan Cance

Assistant Professor

Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 504
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 - 11:00 AM



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Courses of Instruction
HED 329K: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Health
HED 366: Human Sexuality
HED 395: Planning Health Promotion Programs

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

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Jessica Duncan Cance, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cance received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master's in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also received a predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Cance was a public health researcher at RTI International in North Carolina. Dr. Cance's interests are in adolescent health promotion. Specifically, she conducts research focused on how the longitudinal interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors impacts adolescent and young adult health risk behaviors such as substance use and aggression. She recently completed a NIDA funded study designed to examine the patterns of cigarette smoking and alcohol use throughout emerging adulthood. Another line of research is understanding how pubertal development influences adolescent health and well-being.




2010: Ph.D. Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Health Behavior and Health Education.


Representative Publications

Hendrick, C.E., Cohen, A.K., Deardorff, J., & Cance, J.D. (in press). Early pubertal development and educational attainment among U.S. women. Journal of School Health.

Cance, J. D., Talley, A. E., & Fromme, K. (on-line first). The longitudinal effect of a comprehensive indoor smoking ban on cigarette smoking and alcohol use across emerging adulthood. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. DOI: 10.1093/ntr/ntv050

Cance, J. D., Loukas, A., & Talley, A. E. (2015). The role of relationships within the family and school in disordered eating attitudes among middle school students. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships,32, 41-56. DOI: 10.1177/0265407514523551

Cance, J. D., Ennett, S. T., Morgan-Lopez, A., Foshee, V. A., & Talley, A. E. (2013). Perceived pubertal timing and recent substance use: A longitudinal perspective. Addiction, 108, 1845-1854. DOI: 10.1111/add.12214

Cance, J. D., & Ennett, S. T. (2012). Demographic differences in self-report pubertal status among rural adolescents in the USA. Annals of Human Biology, 39, 84-87. DOI: 10.3109/03014460.2011.632647

Cance, J. D., Ennett, S. T., Morgan-Lopez, A., & Foshee, V. A. (2012). The stability of perceived pubertal timing across adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 764-775. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-011-9720-0

Fisher, H., Eke, A. N., Cance, J. D., Hawkins, S. R., Lam, W. K. K. (2008). Correlates of HIV risk behaviors in at-risk African American adolescents from substance-using families: Patterns of adolescent-level factors associated with sexual experience and substance use, Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 161-169.

Cance, J. D., Ashley, O. S., & Penne, M. A. (2005). Unhealthy weight control behaviors and Ecstasy use among females aged 12 to 17, Journal of Adolescent Health, 34, 409.e19--409.e25.

Current Research Projects and Grants


Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, 6/1/2015 – 8/30/2016

The relationship between substance use patterns and suicidality among college students. Role: PI


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4/15/2013 – 4/15/2016

Process and outcome evaluation of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Role: Co-PI


NIH/NIDA R03 DA033413, 07/2012 – 07/2013

Examining the relations of cigarette and alcohol use across emerging adulthood The purpose is to develop a better understanding of the individual co-occurring patterns of cigarette smoking and alcohol use throughout emerging adulthood. Growth mixture modeling and latent transition analysis will be conducted using existing data from a 6-year sample. Role: PI



Research Interests and Expertise

Adolescent and young adult risk behavior etiology and prevention - specifically, exploring how the longitudinal interactions between biological, psychological and social factors affect substance use and other risk behaviors.

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