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Jessica Sayles West CV

Medical Instructor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Communication Sciences
40 Duke Medicine Circle, Box 3805, Durham, NC 27710
40 Duke Medicine Circle, Yellow Zone Suite 4000, Durham, NC 27710


Jessica is a medical sociologist who specializes in research on hearing loss, aging, and health disparities over the life course. Jessica’s work has described the “spillover” effects of hearing loss on health outcomes for both individuals and those close to them, as well as sociodemographic disparities in the onset of and life expectancy with hearing loss. Her research, which leverages both population-level data and electronic health record data, has appeared in the Journals of Gerontology, Social Science & Medicine, Ear and Hearing, and other leading journals in medical sociology, hearing, and aging research.

Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Social Anthropology (dual Sociology/Anthropology concentration) followed by an M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in Public Health Research Methods from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She subsequently received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus in Medical Sociology and Demography at Duke University. She then completed an NIA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Duke University Aging Center under the mentorship of Matthew E. Dupre, Ph.D. (Population Health Sciences) and Sherri L. Smith, Au.D., Ph.D. (Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Medical Instructor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences · 2023 - Present Communication Sciences, Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2021 Ph.D.
Duke University · 2018 M.A.
Columbia University · 2015 M.P.H.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor · 2012 B.A.