researcherstaffcare-research-centerfemaleno/assets/MGH/images/research/division-clinical-research/care/AJ-Adkins-Jackson-120.jpgHeadshot of AJ Adkins-JacksonParis “AJ” Adkins-JacksonPhD, MPH/sites/MGH/research/division-clinical-research/centers-units-and-faculty/care/paris-aj-adkins-jackson.pageMichael J. Fox Foundation Research Fellow
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 healthand eradicate health disparities.
AJ earned aDoctor of Philosophy in Psychometrics from Morgan StateUniversity, a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in appliedbiostatistics and epidemiology from Claremont GraduateUniversity, a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology fromCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts inJournalism from Humboldt State University. AJ appliesmixed methods toward the development of a culturally-responsive theory and assessment of self-care for Black womenand converted these materials into a 9-weekintervention with a mobile application and sister circlesthat was recently piloted in Baltimore, Maryland.AJ also develops multi-level models of racismincluding a measure of institutional racism in academichealth centersand a mediation model of structural racism.
AJ serves as a board memberforthe Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues as well as the SectionCouncilor and CommunicationCo-Chair of the Applied Public Health Statistics section of theAmerican Public Health Association.At the CARE Research Center, AJ will serve as the inauguralMichael 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.