Jessica Sales is founding associate director of RISE and also served as the Education Core director. She is also a co-investigator for the Changing Landscape of Georgia's Publicly Funded Reproductive Healthcare study.
Sales is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) at Emory University. She is also a co-director of the Maternal Child Health Certificate Program at RSPH. Her research over the past decade has focused on the intersection of stress and trauma and HIV, STIs and unintended pregnancy among adolescent and emerging adult populations. Much of her research has centered around the development of multi-level interventions to improve sexual health outcomes among women and girls during these salient developmental periods of life.
Sales is a developmental psychologist by training. She completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral program in public health in 2007 and received her Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. from Emory University.