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Benita Jackson
Associate Professor

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Office: Bass Hall 406


phone Phone: (413) 585-7694
Lab: (413) 585-3985

Office Hrs: Thursdays 12:15pm - 2:15pm and by appointment

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 PhD in Psychology (Personality) and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, the first program of its kind. Her post-doctoral 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.

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 also serves on the steering committee of and is a campus advisor for the Five College Certificate Program in Culture, Health, and Science.