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Dylan B. Jackson, PhD

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PhD, Florida State University , 2015
MS, Florida State Univeristy , 2011
BS, Brigham Young Universty , 2008


Dylan B. Jackson is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research primarily focuses on 1) promoting child health as a means of developmental crime prevention and 2) fostering the health and well-being of children and youth in the face of violence, adversity, and criminal justice involvement. His approach to the study of child and adolescent health is situated in a life-course framework and moves beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. As a life-course and health criminologist, his work is integrative, bridging empirical and theoretical developments from multiple social and health science fields, including public health, criminology, sociology, social work, and psychology. His research investigates the implications of diminished health, often within the broader context of social inequities, for violent and problem behaviors, with a primary focus on health and development during the early life course. He has also examined criminal justice involvement, family violence, and neighborhood exposure to violence as potent determinants of child and adolescent health. His work has been published in a diverse set of peer-reviewed journals, including Health Affairs, Journal of Adolescent Health, The Journal of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, Psychology of Violence, Prevention Science, Preventive Medicine, Youth & Society, and American Journal of Community Psychology.

  • child health
  • adolescent health
  • crime
  • violence
  • criminal justice
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • trauma-informed policy
  • mental health
  • prevention science
  • life course
  • health equity

Select Publications:

  • Jackson, Dylan B., and Michael G. Vaughn. 2018. “Promoting Health Equity to Prevent Crime.” Preventive Medicine, 113, 91-94.
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Mariana Chilton. Kecia R. Johnson, & Michael G. Vaughn. 2019. “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Household Food Insecurity: Findings from the 2016 NSCH.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(5), 667-674.
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Chantal Fahmy, Alexander Testa, and Michael G. Vaughn. 2019. “Police Stops Among At-Risk Youth: Repercussions for Mental Health.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(5), 627-632
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Michael G. Vaughn, and Chad Posick. 2019. “New Evidence of the Nexus between Neighborhood Violence, Perceptions of Danger, and Child Health.” Health Affairs, 38(5), 746-754.
  • Testa, Alexander, and Dylan B. Jackson. In Press. “Incarceration Exposure During Pregnancy and Infant Health: Moderation by Public Assistance.” The Journal of Pediatrics.