Jessica Duncan Cance, MPH, PhD

Agency Analytics Unit Manager

Center for Health Statistics
Texas Department of State Health Services


Dr. Jessica Cance oversees the analysis and dissemination of health information available at the Texas Department of State Health Services and other Texas agencies. Immediately prior to her current position, she served as the Interim Prevention Lead for the Texas Targeted Opioid Response project at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Jessica joined HHSC after working six years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica earned a BS in Chemistry from Georgia Tech, her Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University, and her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Cance has nearly 20 years of experience working in adolescent and young adult health promotion, including epidemiological research, program implementation, coalition building, and national evaluation projects. She has presented her research internationally and published in peer-reviewed journals such as Addiction, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and Prevention Science. Dr. Cance served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research and is a member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs section of the American Public Health Association.

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