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John W. Jackson, ScD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6543
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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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.

Honors and Awards

2018 Discovery Award Grant, Johns Hopkins University

2018 Exemplary peer reviewer for Epidemiology

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
  • translational research
  • transparency

Selected Publications:

  • Jackson JW, VanderWeele TJ. Decomposition Analysis to Identify Intervention Targets for Reducing Disparities. Epidemiology. 2018 Nov;29(6):825-835.
  • 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. Explaining Intersectionality through Description, Counterfactual Thinking, and Mediation Analysis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2017;52(7):785-793.
  • Jackson JW. Diagnostics for Confounding of Time-varying and Other Joint Exposures. Epidemiology. 2016;27(6):859-869.
  • Jackson JW, Garcia-Albeniz X. Studying the Effects of Nonindicated Medications on Cancer: Etiologic versus Action-Focused Analysis of Epidemiologic Data. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2018;27(5):520-524.