Research Associate Professor / Associate Director of Research, Dept of Neurology College of Medicine
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department
Department of Neurology
Arizona Health Sciences Center 6208
Tucson, AZ 85724
Jenny Chong, Ph.D., is a research associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Arizona. She is affiliated with the Native American Research and Training Center (Family and Community Medicine), as well as with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health within the University of Arizona. Her interest is in epidemiology, increasing access to health services, Native American issues, and mental health issues among minorities with chronic illnesses.
Dr. Chong has spent a decade working collaboratively with the Department of Behavioral Health Services on Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) grants to conduct needs assessment, treatment outcome studies, epidemiology of substance abuse, and helped develop a collaborative between practitioners and researchers in the substance abuse treatment field. Another interest of hers is in telemedicine services since being funded by NIAAA in 1998 to provide substance abuse aftercare treatment to Native Americans returning to the Indian reservation. In 2007, she received funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as co-PI to assess the acceptability and feasibility of providing psychiatric care to underserved depressed Hispanics through the internet. She is currently involved as PI in an Epilepsy Foundation project to assess the effectiveness of working with community health representatives to improve the continuity of epilepsy services to patients on the Hopi Indian Reservation through telemedicine. She is also currently involved in determining the incidence of new onset seizures and epilepsy among seniors aged 65 and older in southeastern Arizona as well as learning the impact of the diagnosis on the individual, caregivers, and family members. She continues to work with Native American Connections in Phoenix, Arizona, to determine psychosocial factors that predict substance abuse treatment outcome for adult male and female Native Americans.