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Jennifer Ames, MS, PhD


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-3892 (phone)

Jennifer Ames, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.  She researches the etiology of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on environmental and genetic risk factors. She is mentored by Dr. Lisa Croen.

Prior to coming to the DOR, Dr. Ames completed her doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley. Her dissertation work examined the effects of dioxin exposures on neurodevelopment and gene-environment interactions on birthweight.  She also holds a masters of science in environmental health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a bachelor's in history and science from Harvard University.

Current Position(s):

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Environmental exposures and gene/environment interactions

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    Healthcare service utilization and cost among transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder and other special healthcare needs

    Author(s): Ames JL; Massolo ML; Davignon MN; Qian Y; Croen LA

    Autism. 2020 Jun 25:1362361320931268.

    PubMed abstract

    Transitioning youth with autism spectrum disorders and other special health care needs into adult primary care: A provider survey

    Author(s): Ames JL; Massolo ML; Davignon MN; Qian Y; Cerros HJ; Croen LA

    Autism. 2020 Jun 18:1362361320926318.

    PubMed abstract

    Neonatal Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and Subsequent Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability

    Author(s): Ames JL; Windham GC; Lyall K; Pearl M; Kharrazi M; Yoshida CK; Van de Water J; Ashwood P; Croen LA

    Autism Res. 2019 Dec 10.

    PubMed abstract

    Infection and Fever in Pregnancy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Findings from the Study to Explore Early Development

    Author(s): Croen LA; Qian Y; Zerbo O; Ames JL; et al.

    Autism Res. 2019 Jul 17.

    PubMed abstract

    The Seveso accident: A look at 40 years of health research and beyond.

    Author(s): Eskenazi, Brenda B; Warner, Marcella M; Brambilla, Paolo P; Signorini, Stefano S; Ames, Jennifer J; Mocarelli, Paolo P

    Environment international. 2018 Sep 01;121(Pt 1):71-84. Epub 2018-09-01.

    PubMed abstract

    AHR gene-dioxin interactions and birthweight in the Seveso Second Generation Health Study.

    Author(s): Ames, Jennifer J; Warner, Marcella M; Mocarelli, Paolo P; Brambilla, Paolo P; Signorini, Stefano S; Siracusa, Claudia C; Huen, Karen K; Holland, Nina N; Eskenazi, Brenda B

    International journal of epidemiology. 2018 Aug 14;162(Pt 1):55-62. Epub 2018-08-14.

    PubMed abstract

    Neurocognitive and physical functioning in the Seveso Women's Health Study.

    Author(s): Ames, Jennifer J; Warner, Marcella M; Brambilla, Paolo P; Mocarelli, Paolo P; Satariano, William A WA; Eskenazi, Brenda B

    Environmental research. 2018 Apr 01;162(Pt 1):55-62. Epub 2017-12-26.

    PubMed abstract

    Field data and numerical modeling: A multiple lines of evidence approach for assessing vapor intrusion exposure risks.

    Author(s): Pennell, Kelly G KG; Scammell, Madeleine K MK; McClean, Michael D MD; Suuberg, Eric M EM; Moradi, Ali A; Roghani, Mohammadyousef M; Ames, Jennifer J; Friguglietti, Leigh L; Indeglia, Paul A PA; Shen, Rui R; Yao, Yijun Y; Heiger-Bernays, Wendy J WJ

    The Science of the total environment. 2016 Jun 15;556():291-301. Epub 2016-03-12.

    PubMed abstract

    Sewer Gas: An Indoor Air Source of PCE to Consider During Vapor Intrusion Investigations.

    Author(s): Pennell, Kelly G KG; Scammell, Madeleine Kangsen MK; McClean, Michael D MD; Ames, Jennifer J; Weldon, Brittany B; Friguglietti, Leigh L; Suuberg, Eric M EM; Shen, Rui R; Indeglia, Paul A PA; Heiger-Bernays, Wendy J WJ

    Ground water monitoring & remediation. 2013 Jun 15;33(3):119-126. Epub 2016-03-12.

    PubMed abstract

    Building the new schoolhouse: the Massachusetts school building authority.

    Author(s): Ames, Jennifer J; Levenstein, Charles C

    New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS. 2013 Jan 01;23(2):369-87. Epub 2016-03-12.

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