Paris Adkins-Jackson, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences
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Paris "AJ" Adkins-Jackson, PhD MPH is a multidisciplinary community-partnered health equity researcher and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. AJ's research investigates the role of structural racism on healthy aging for historically marginalized populations like Black and Pacific Islander communities. Her primary project examines the role of life course adverse community-level policing exposure on psychological well-being, cognitive function, and biological aging for Black and Latinx/a/o older adults. Her secondary project tests the effectiveness of an anti-racist multilevel pre-intervention restorative program to increase community health and institutional trustworthiness through multisector community-engaged partnerships. Dr. AJ is an HBCU alumna of the psychometrics doctoral program at Morgan State University and a board member of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2005 Humboldt State University
  • MA, 2007 California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MPH, 2012 Claremont Graduate University
  • PhD, 2018 Morgan State University


Research Interests

  • Community Health

Selected Publications

Adkins-Jackson PB, Burke N, Espinoza GP, Rosas GL, Doubeni C, Goold S, Brown AF, The STOP COVID-19 CA Trial Participation & Vaccine Hesitancy Workgroups. Inclusionary trials: Lessons not learned in vaccine and clinical trials. Epidemiologic Reviews (in press).

Alang S, VanHook CR, Judson J, Ikiroma A, Adkins-Jackson PB. Police brutality, Heightened Vigilance, and the Mental Health of Black Populations. Psychology of Violence. 2022; doi:10.1037/vio0000418

AuYoung M, Rodriguez Espinosa P, Chen W-T, Juturu P, De Trinidad Young M-E, Casillas A, Adkins-Jackson PB, Hopfer S, Kissam E, Kawaiopua Alo A, Varas RA, Brown AF. Addressing racial/ethnic inequities in vaccine hesitancy and uptake: Lessons learned from the California Alliance against COVID-19. J Behav Med. 2022; doi:10.1007/s10865-022-00284-8

Adkins-Jackson PB, Jackson Preston PA, Hairston T. “The only way out”: How self-care is conceptualized by Black women. Ethnicity & Health. 2022; doi:10.1080/13557858.2022.2027878

Adkins-Jackson PB, Chantarat T, Bailey Z, Ponce N. Measuring Structural Racism: A guide for epidemiologists and other health researchers. J Am Epi. 2021; kwab239. doi:10.1093/aje/kwab239 PMID: 34564723

Adkins-Jackson PB, Weuve J. Racially segregated schooling and the cognitive health of Black adults in the United States—Why it matters. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(10):e2130448. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.30448

Adkins-Jackson PB, Legha RK, Jones KA. How to measure racism in academic health centers. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2021;2:E144-149. doi:10.1001/amajethics.2021.140 PMID: 33635194

Adkins-Jackson PB. How socioeconomic status influences self-care for Black/African American women: A differential item analysis. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2020;1-9. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101155