otherstaffcancer-centermaleJonathanJacksonPhD/sites/MGH/cancer-center/patient-and-family-resources/supportive-care/cancer-care-equity/jonathan-jackson.pagePrincipal Investigator, Cancer Care Equity Program
Jonathan Jackson, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, investigating the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), particularly in the absence of overt memory problems. He also serves Massachusetts General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and MGH’s Cancer Center Equity Program, specializing in identifying and overcoming barriers to clinical research for people and communities of color. His research focuses on midlife and late-life health disparities in clinical settings that affect Black populations, relevant to both dementia and oncology research. He has also served on the ADRC’s Outreach Recruitment and Education (ORE) Core since 2014 and has become a well-known MGH representative to communities of color and dozens of affiliated organizations, particularly regarding clinical research. Dr. Jackson serves on the leadership team of several organizations focused on community health, as well as city and statewide advisory groups for AD. Dr. Jackson’s initiatives facilitated the ORE Core’s ability to forge ties with community Senior Centers and Councils on Aging, over 40 new churches and community organizations, and to deepen its ties with advocacy groups. He routinely engages with Boston-area communities on matters related to personal health, research, and clinical trial participation, and has given over 90 talks in communities of color since 2014.