Benita Jackson

Associate Professor of Psychology

Benita Jackson

Contact & Office Hours

Tuesday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Friday, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Bass Hall 406

413-585-7694

Education

M.P.H., Harvard University

A.M., Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

A.B., University of California, Berkeley

Biography

Benita Jackson is interested in how environments—social, cultural, physical—are internalized and shape health. Her major research focus is on health behaviors and sub-clinical disease markers.

As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, she majored in cognitive science and minored in women's studies. She was the inaugural graduate of the joint Ph.D. program in psychology (personality) and women's studies at the University of Michigan, the first program of its kind. Her postdoctoral training included completing a master's of public health in quantitative methods with an emphasis on social epidemiology, and training in medical research, both at Harvard University. She is an elected Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

Jackson directs the Society, Psychology, and Health Laboratory, where her team conducts research on psychological and physical correlates and consequences of social status. She has strong research, teaching and applied interests in how these processes are linked to health disparities and prevention. She and her collaborators employ a range of research methods, including basic experiments and intervention studies with college samples, observational studies of community samples and meta-analyses.

She is committed to preparing undergraduates and post-baccalaureates with a wide array of backgrounds for rigorous graduate study in fields including psychology, public health and medicine. Jackson serves on the steering committee of and is a campus adviser for the Five College Certificate Program in Culture, Health, and Science.