Chandra Jackson

Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Nutrition

655 Huntington Avenue
Building II, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617.432.1841


Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)

M.S., Harvard School of Public Health (2007)

B.S., Bethune-Cookman University (2003)



Dr. Jackson’s research interests include the:

  • epidemiology, prevention and control of obesity and type 2 diabetes;
  • role of suboptimal diet and lifestyle (e.g. sleep) as modifiable contributors to the disproportionate obesity and diabetes risk experienced by traditionally under-resourced populations;
  • translation of epidemiologic findings into interventions and policies that address structural, macro-level as well as individual-level barriers to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Dr. Jackson has also investigated the potential for health information technology to improve diabetes care as well as racial/ethnic differences in 1) overweight/obesity trends within levels of educational attainment and 2) obesity-related mortality.




Jackson CL, Redline S, Kawachi I, Williams, MA, Hu F. Racial Disparities in Short Sleep Duration by Occupation and Industry. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Nov 1; 178(9):1442-51.

Jackson CL, Redline S, Kawachi I, Hu F. Association between Sleep Duration and Diabetes in Black and White Adults. Diabetes Care. 2013 Nov; 36(11): 3557-65.

Jackson CL, Hsieh-Yeh J, Wang NA, Dray-Spira R, Hu F, Szklo M, Brancati FL. Diabetes, Body-Mass Index, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States. Journal of General Internal Medicine (in press)

Tobias DK*, Pan A*, Jackson CL, O’Reilly EJ, Ding E, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu F. Body-Mass Index and Mortality among adults with incident type 2 diabetes: results from two prospective cohort studies in US. New England Journal of Medicine (in press) * first author

Jackson CL, Stampfer M. A Healthy Body Mass Index is Paramount: Comment on “Myocardial infarction and ischemic heart disease in overweight and obesity with and without the metabolic syndrome” JAMA Internal Medicine (in press)

Jackson CL, Hu F. Nut consumption, body weight, and obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. (in press)

Jackson CL, Szklo M, Wang NA, Hsieh-Yeh J, Brancati FL. Body Mass Index and Mortality Risk in US Blacks Compared to Whites. Obesity (Silver Spring). Epub 2013 March 30.

Jackson CL, Hsieh-Yeh J, Wang NA, Dray-Spira R, Thorpe R, Szklo M, Brancati FL. The Black-White Disparity in Obesity Prevalence Trends according to Levels of Educational Attainment in the United States, 1997-2008. Journal of Obesity. Vol. 2013 (2013), Article ID 140743, 9 pages

Samal L, Hsieh-Yeh J, Gary TL, Jackson CL, Brancati FL. Letter to the Editor: Computer and Internet Use in Urban African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes in Relation to Glycemic Control, Emergency Department Use, Diabetes-Related Knowledge, and Healthy Literacy. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jan; 33 (1): e9.

Jackson CL, Batts-Turner ML, Falb MD, Hsieh-Yeh J, Brancati FL, Gary TL. Computer and Internet Use among Urban African Americans with Type 2 diabetes. J Urban Health. 2005 Dec; 82(4):575-83. Epub 2005 Oct 12.

Jackson CL, Bolden S, Brancati FL, Batts-Turner ML, Gary TL. A Systematic Review of Interactive Computer-Assisted Technology in Diabetes Care. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Feb; 21(2):105-10. Epub 2005 Dec 22.






Outstanding Fellows Award in CVD Epidemiology (2014)

First Place Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Postdoctoral Award (2013)

Network of Minority Health Research Investigators Travel Award, NIDDK (2013) 

National Institutes of Health Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Award (2012, 2013)

Miriam E. Brailey Award (2011)

Charlotte Silverman Award (2009)

Dr. and Mrs. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. Award (2008)

Edmond J. Curley Memorial Scholarship Award (2005, 2006)             

T.A. Adams Award for Pre-Medicine  (2003)


In the News

Harvard: Black-White Differences in Sleep by Industry of Employment and Occupation

Harvard Gazette: Black-White Differences in Sleep by Industry of Employment and Occupation

US News & World Report: Black-White Differences in Sleep by Industry of Employment and Occupation

The New York Times: Sleep – A Fundamental Source of Health Inequities?

USA Today: Black-White Differences in Sleep by Industry of Employment and Occupation

CBS News Boston: Black-White Differences in Sleep by Industry of Employment and Occupation

Scientific American: Impact of Obesity

Bloomberg News: BMI is of Paramount Importance

Forbes: BMI is of Paramount Importance

Health Day: BMI-Mortality Relationship by Diabetes Status


Additional Links

Challenges in reducing racial disparities (September 12, 2013)

Introduction for 157th Cutter Lecturer (May 1, 2013)

Nutrition Seminar (November 19, 2012)

Diabetes Alert Day Radio Broadcast (March 22, 2011)

Epidemiology Student Profile (U.S. News & World Report, 2009)

LinkedIn Profile