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John W. Jackson, ScD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6543
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Software for Diagnostics for Confounding of Time-Varying and Other Joint Exposures

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ScD, Harvard University, 2013
BS, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002


My methods research focuses on: (1) developing methods to help identify, refine, and evaluate interventions to eliminate health and healthcare disparities (2) developing methods to improve the transparency and conduct of observational studies and post-hoc analyses of clinical trials.

I am currently applying these methods in the areas of pharmacoepidemiology and mental health with connections to aging and cardiovascular disease.

Honors and Awards

2017 Honorable mention, Thomas Ten Have Award, Atlantic Causal Inference Conference

2016 Kenneth Rothman Prize for best paper published in Epidemiology

2016 Top peer reviewer for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

2015 Travel award to attend the 48th Annual Meeting of Society for Epidemiologic Research

2014 Top-ranked abstract and selected for live presentation, 4th Society for Epidemiologic Research Digital Web Conference

2014 Travel Award to attend the 30th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology

2014 Alonzo Smythe Yerby Fellowship, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2013 Best overall poster, 46th Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting

2013 Best student poster, 46th Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting

2002 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Maryland Baltimore County

2002 Meyerhoff & MARC U* STAR Scholar, University of Maryland Baltimore County

  • causal inference
  • confounding
  • decomposition
  • epidemiology
  • health disparities
  • instrumental variable
  • interaction
  • intersectionality
  • mediation-analysis
  • mental health
  • meta-analysis
  • pharmacoepidemiology
  • psychotropics
  • diagnostics
  • observational-study
  • time-varying exposure
  • transparency

Selected Publications

  • Jackson JW. Diagnostics for confounding of time-varying and other joint exposures. Epidemiology. 2016;27(6):859-869.
  • Jackson JW*, Swanson SA*. Toward a clearer portrayal of confounding bias in instrumental variable applications. Epidemiology. 2015; 26(4):498-504. *equal contribution (winner of the 2016 Kenneth Rothman Prize)
  • Jackson JW, Williams DR, VanderWeele TJ. Disparities at the Intersection of Marginalized Groups. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2016;51(10):1349-1359.
  • Jackson JW. The cardiac safety of methylphenidate: what to make of studies that agree to disagree. British Medical Journal. 2016;353:i2874.
  • LaVeist T, Thorpe R Jr, Bowen-Reid T, Jackson J, Gary T, Gaskin D, Browne D. Exploring health disparities in integrated communities: overview of the EHDIC study. Journal of Urban Health. 2008 Jan;85(1):11-21.