Jones Kwaku Adjei Ph.D.

Discipline/Program: 

Humanities & Social Sciences
Sociology

Office:  Room 2506D
Phone: 403.357.3677
Email: jones [dot] adjei [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Dr. Adjei is a sociologist with special interests in demography and applied statistics. He is involved in a wide range of research projects in the sub-Saharan African and North American regions. His research involvement in sub-Saharan Africa borders mainly on population and reproductive health outcomes, with a special focus on his native country of Ghana. These projects investigate how socioeconomic and cultural factors influence demographic and health outcomes such as childhood morbidity and mortality, fertility, self-appraised health status, and risky sexual behaviours. In Canada, he has been a part of a research team that explores career diversity and transitions in the legal profession in the province of Ontario. With the assistance from grants awarded to the Stigma and Resilience among Vulnerable Youth Centre (SARAVYC), his current research explores the various pathways to resilience among sexually exploited youth in Western Canada.

Education: 

Ph.D. (Sociology), Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario
M.Phil. (Population Studies), University of Ghana
B.A. (Sociology), University of Ghana

Main Areas of Teaching: 

Research Methods, Social Statistics, Sociology of Development, Introductory Sociology

Scholarly Activity: 

Selected Publications:

  • Adjei, Jones and Elizabeth Saewyc (2017). “Boys are not Exempt: Sexual Exploitation of Adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Child Abuse & Neglect 65:14–23.
  • Watson, Ryan, Jones Adjei, Elizabeth Saewyc, Yuko Homma, and Carol Goodenow (2017). Trends and disparities in disordered eating among heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents. International Journal of Eating Disorders 50:22–31.
  • Veale, Jaimie, Ryan Watson, Jones Adjei, and Elizabeth Saewyc (2017). Prevalence of pregnancy involvement among Canadian transgender youth and its relation to mental health, sexual health, and gender identity. International Journal of Transgenderism 17(3-4):107–113.
  • Kay, Fiona, Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2016). “Undermining Gender Equality: Female Attrition from Private Law Practice.” Law & Society Review 50(3):766–801.
  • Tenkorang, Eric and Jones Adjei (2015). “Household Living Arrangements and Transition to Sexual Debut among Young People in Ghana.” Sex Education 15(1):1–18.
  • Addai, Isaac and Jones Adjei (2014). “Predictors of Self-Appraised Health Status in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana.” Applied Research in Quality of Life 9(2):233–253.
  • Gyimah, Stephen, Ivy Kodzi, Jacques Emina, Jones Adjei, and Alex Ezeh (2014). “Adolescent Sexual Risk-Taking in the Informal Settlements of Nairobi, Kenya: Understanding the Contributions of Religion.” Journal of Religion and Health 53:13–26.
  • Kay, Fiona, Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2013). “Leaving Private Practice: How Organizational Context, Time Pressures, and Structural Inflexibilities Shape Departures from Private Law Practice.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 20(2):1223–1260.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2013). “Leaving Law and Barriers to Re-entry: A Study of Departures from and Re-entries to Private Practice.” A Report to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Leger, Andrew, Anne Godlewska, Jones Adjei, Laura Schaefli, et al. (2013). “Large First-Year Course Re-Design to Promote Student Engagement and Student Learning.” Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
  • Adjei, Jones and Stephen Gyimah (2012). “Household Bednet Ownership and Use in Ghana: Implications for Malaria Control.” Canadian Studies in Population 39 (1-2):19–34.
  • Gyimah, Stephen, Jones Adjei, and Baffour Takyi (2012). “Religion, Family Planning Adoption and Method Choices of Married Women in Ghana.” Journal of Religion and Health 51:1359–1374.
  • Adjei, Jones, Raymond Tutu, Grace Adeniyi, and Nicholas Cofie (2011). “Denominational Affiliation and the Risk of Pregnancy Loss among Ghanaian Women.” Journal of Motherhood Initiative 2(1):274–291.
  • Tenorang, Eric, Stephen Gyimah, E. Maticka-Tyndale, and Jones Adjei (2011 “Superstition, Witchcraft, and HIV/AIDS Prevention in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana.” Culture, Health and Sexuality 13(9):1001–1014.
  • Ibisomi, Latifat, Stephen Gyimah, Kanyiva Muindi, and Jones Adjei (2011). “Ideal Versus Real: The Contradiction in Number of Children Born to Nigerian Women.”  Journal of Biosocial Science 43:233–245.
  • Tenkorang, Eric, Jones Adjei, and Stephen Gyimah (2010). “Perceptions of HIV/AIDS Risk and Sexual Behavior of Young People in Ghana.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 3-4:439–457.
  • Gyimah, Stephen, Eric Tenkorang, Baffour Takyi, Jones Adjei, and Gabriel Fosu (2010). “Religion, HIV/AIDS and Sexual-Risk Taking among Men in Ghana.” Journal of Biosocial Science 42:531–547.

Conference Presentations:

  • Adjei, Jones, Melissa Moynihan, and Elizabeth Saewyc (2017). “Resilience among Sexually Exploited Adolescent Boys in Western Canada: Risk and Protective Factors linked to Mental Health.” A Paper presented at the Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives Conference. Cape Town, South Africa, June 14-16, 2017.
  • Adjei, Jones, Prince Adu, and Betty Ackar (2016). “Unravelling the Healthy Immigrant Effect on Diabetes Risk in Canada: What have Race and Gender got to do with it?” A paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 1–3, 2016.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2016). “Undermining the Pipeline to Gender Equality: Female Attrition from Private Law Practice.” A paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle, Washington, USA. August 20–23, 2016.
  • Adjei, Jones, Ryan Watson, and Elizabeth Saewyc (2016). “Sexual Health Behaviors among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youth in British Columbia: Trends and Disparities, 1998-2013.” A paper presented at the biennial meeting of The Society for Research on Adolescents, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 31–April 2, 2016.
  • Ryan Watson, Adjei, Jones, and Elizabeth Saewyc (2016). “Disordered Eating among Massachusetts Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Adolescents: Trends and Disparities, 1999-2013.” A paper presented at the biennial meeting of The Society for Research on Adolescents, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 31–April 2, 2016.
  • Adjei, Jones, Ryan Watson, and Elizabeth Saewyc (2016). “Research on Resilience among Sexually Exploited Youth.” A paper presented at the Picturing Wellness Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 1–3, 2016.
  • Adjei, Jones, Elizabeth Saewyc, Ryan Watson, and Hilary Rose (2015). “Challenges of Being a Teen Parent: Does Sexual Orientation Matter?” A paper presented at the annual conference of The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11–14, 2015.
  • Watson, Ryan J., Elizabeth Saewyc, and Jones Adjei (2015). “Changes in Family and Parent Relations for Adolescents in British Columbia since 1998.” A paper presented at the annual conference of The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11–14, 2015.
  • Adjei, Jones and Elizabeth Saewyc (2015). “Transactional Sex Among Adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Examination of Gender Differences” A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, June 3–4, 2015.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2014). “The Diversification of Career Pathways in Law: Tracking Movement out of Private Practice among a Recent Two Decade Cohort of Law Graduates.” Presented at the Law & Society Association Annual meetings. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 30 May 2014.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2013). “Diversifying Career Paths in Law.” A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, May 30–June 28, 2013.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2012). “Leaving Law and Barriers to Re-entry: A Study of Gender and Departures from Sectors of Law Practice.” A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 5–8, 2012.
  • Kay, Fiona M., Stacey Alarie, and Jones Adjei (2012). “The Diversification of Career Trajectories: A Longitudinal Study of Career Pathways in Law.” A paper presented at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. February 27, 2012.
  • Adjei, Jones and Stephen Obeng Gyimah (2010). “The Risk of having a Terminated Pregnancy: Is Faith a Factor Among Ghanaian Woman?” A paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 31–June 3, 2010.
  • Tenkorang, Eric Y., Stephen O. Gyimah, E. Maticka-Tyndale, and Jones Adjei (2010). “Superstition, Witchcraft and AIDS Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana.” Paper presented at the XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, July 18–23, 2010.
  • Adeniyi, Grace, Jones Adjei, and Nicholas Cofie (2010). “The Link between Religion and the Risk of Miscarriage in Ghana and Nigeria.” Paper presented at the Conference on Mothering and the Environment, York University, Toronto, Canada, October 22, 2010.
  • Adjei, Jones and Stephen Gyimah (2009). “Migration and the Proximate Determinants of Fertility in Ghana.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Canadian Population Society, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, May 27–29, 2009.
  • Adjei, Jones and Stephen Gyimah (2008). “Determinants of Bednet Ownership and Use in Ghana: Implications for Malaria Control.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Canadian Population Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June 4–6, 2008.

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Population Society

Recognition & Awards:

  • Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award at the PhD level, 2014.
  • Recognition for nomination for the Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistantship, Queen’s University, 2010.
  • Canadian Population Society Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant, 2009
  • Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow Excellence Award, Queen’s University, 2009.
     
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