About Paris “AJ”  Adkins-Jackson, PhD, MPH

Paris “AJ” Adkins-Jackson, PhD, MPH is a multidisciplinary community-partnered researcher whose work resides at the intersection of mixed methodology and social determinants of health such as racism. As a statistician and psychometrician, her research involves the utilization of mixed data to develop and validate culturally-responsive assessments of individual behaviors and quality measures of institutional behaviors. As an interventionist, she uses culturally-responsive technology and programs in multi sector partnerships to improve minority health and eradicate health disparities.


AJ earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychometrics from Morgan State University, a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in applied biostatistics and epidemiology from Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Humboldt State University. AJ applies mixed methods toward the development of a culturally-responsive theory and assessment of self-care for Black women and converted these materials into a 9-week intervention with a mobile application and sister circles that was recently piloted in Baltimore, Maryland. AJ also develops multi-level models of racism including a measure of institutional racism in academic health centers and a mediation model of structural racism. 


AJ serves as a board member for the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues as well as the Section Councilor and Communication Co-Chair of the Applied Public Health Statistics section of the American Public Health Association. At the CARE Research Center, AJ will serve as the inaugural Michael J. Fox Foundation Research Fellow, studying the role of social determinants of health on medical mistrust and clinical trial participation of Black, Indigenous, and Transgender communities.

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