Jessica Cance

Faculty Research AssociatePh. D., Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
Jessica Cance



Dr. Cance's career is focused on the prevention and etiology of risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood. She is particularly interested in how the longitudinal interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors impacts adolescent and young adult health risk behaviors, particularly substance use. Her current adolescent health work focuses on how Mexican American adolescents interpret and cope with their pubertal development. Her current emerging adulthood work focuses on how patterns of substance use impact suicidality and how social environmental factors influence high-risk drinking. 

Representative Publications and Presentations


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., 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. (2015). Where's the party? An observational study of tailgating at a large university campus. A paper presented to the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition. 

Cance, J.D. (2015). Understanding the role and impact of pubertal timing in adolescence: Considerations for Prevention Science. A symposium organized for the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

Cance, J.D., & Hendrick, C.E. (2015). Understanding the pubertal experiences of Mexican American adolescent girls. A paper presented to the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. 

Cance, J.D., Talley, A.E., & Fromme, K. (2014). Differential predictors of the quantity and frequency of alcohol and tobacco use throughout emerging adulthood. A poster presented to the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.