Chandra Jackson


Earl Stadtman Investigator

Social &Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Group Epidemiology Branch
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC
chandra.jackson@nih.gov

Dr. Chandra L. Jackson is an Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator who leads the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity group in the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the intramural program of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has a Master’s degree in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a PhD in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As a tenure-track investigator, Dr. Jackson studies pathways by which factors in the physical and social environments impact racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in sleep health and subsequent risk of chronic diseases related to cardiometabolic dysfunction. She currently uses observational epidemiology studies and mixed methods approaches to inform future multi-pronged interventions with the goal of providing scientific evidence that informs policies and practices designed to improve population health and address unjust and costly health disparities. In addition to serving as an evaluation member for both a CDC-funded REACH Demonstration project and the Massachusetts Prevention Wellness Trust Fund to address health disparities and reduce healthcare costs, Dr. Jackson was recently awarded a Bench-to-Bedside grant to integrate metabolomics into her disparities-focused research program.

Her prior research has been presented at international and national scientific conferences and her studies have been published in scientific journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. Her findings have also been discussed in major media outlets such as the US News & World Report and The New York Times. She currently serves as a member of the editorial boards of BMC Public Health and Sleep Health, the Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. Dr. Jackson has earned merit-based awards, including the Charlotte Silverman Award for outstanding commitment to public health, policy, and community outreach at Johns Hopkins, an Outstanding Fellows Award at Harvard, and the Ernest J. Everett Just Lecture Prize for innovative research centered around factors affecting African Americans.