Chandra Jackson

Research Associate

Department of Epidemiology


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. Chandra L. Jackson’s research interests include the:

  • illumination of physical and social environmental determinants of health and their impact on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities;
  • role of suboptimal diet and lifestyle (e.g. sleep) as modifiable contributors to the disproportionate obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease risk experienced by traditionally under-resourced populations;
  • identification of biological mechanisms by which social factors “get under the skin” to affect health and health inequities;
  • translation of epidemiologic findings into novel environmental interventions and policies that address structural, macro-level as well as individual-level barriers to achieving and maintaining optimal health.



The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration (Jackson CL)*. Body-mass index and all-cause mortality: Individual-participant-data meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies in four continents. *Co-first author. The Lancet. (in press)

Jackson CL, Agenór M, Johnson DA, Austin B, Kawachi I. Sexual Orientation Identity Disparities in Health Behaviors, Outcomes, and Services Use among Men and Women in the United States: A Cross-sectional Study. BMC Public Health. (in press)

Jackson CL, Wee CC, Hurtado DA, Kawachi I. Obesity Trends by Industry of Employment in the United States, 2004 to 2011. BMC Obesity (in press)

Li Y, Gao X, Winkelman JW, Cespedes E, Jackson CL, Walters AS, Schernhammer E, Redline S, Hu FB. Association between sleeping difficulty and type 2 diabetes in women. Diabetologia. (in press)

Alcántara C, Biggs ML, Davidson KW, Delaney J, Jackson CL, Zee PC, Shea S, Redline S. Sleep Disturbances and Depression in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. SLEEP (in press)

Chen X, Wang R, Lutsey PL, Zee PC, Javaheri S, Alcántara C, Jackson CL, Szklo M, Punjabi N, Redline S, MA Williams. Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Associations between Obesity Measures and Severity of Sleep-Disordered Breathing: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Sleep Medicine 2015 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Jackson CL, Emmons K, Redline S. Sleep as a Potential Fundamental Contributor to Cardiovascular Health Disparities. Annual Review of Public Health. 2015 March 18(36):417-40

Jackson CL, Hu F, Kawachi I, Williams DR, Mukamal KJ, Rimm EB. Black-White Differences in the Relationship between Alcohol Drinking Patterns and Mortality among US Men and Women. Am J of Public Health. 2015 April 23:e1-e10. [Epub ahead of print]

Kajeepeta S, Gelaye B, Jackson CL, Williams, MA. Adverse Childhood Experiences are Associated with Adult Sleep Disorders: A Systematic Review. Sleep Medicine. 2015 March 16(3):320-30

Cohen J, Jackson CL, Li T, Qureshi AA . Sleep Disordered Breathing and Psoriasis. Archives of Dermatologic Research. 2015 Feb 13 [Epub ahead of print]

Chen X, Wang R, Zee P, Lutsey P, Javaheri S, Alcantara C, Jackson CL, Williams MA, Redline S. Racial/ethnic Differences in Sleep Disordered Breathing in Normal Weight, Overweight, and Obesity Adults. SLEEP. 2014 Nov 20; 459-14 [Epub ahead of print]

Jackson CL, Hu F, Redline S, Williams DR, Mattei J, Kawachi I. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Short Sleep Duration by Occupation: The Contribution of Immigrant Status. Social Science & Medicine. 2014.; 118: 71-79

Jackson CL, Kawachi I, Redline S, Juon, H, Hu F. Asian-White Differences in Short Sleep Duration by Industry of Employment and Occupation in the US. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:552.

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. 2014 Jan; 29(1):25-33.

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. 2014 Jan 16; 370(3):233-44. * 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. 2014 Jan 1; 174(1):23-4.

Jackson CL, Hu F. Nut consumption, body weight, and obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Jun 4; 100(Supplement 1):408S-411S.

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.



Editorial Board Member, Sleep Health (Journal of the National Sleep Foundation) (2016)

Marco Cabrera Award for Translational Research, NIDDK (2015)

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-present)

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

Endocrine Today: Endocrine effects of sleep loss go beyond exhaustion



Harvard: Racial Differences in the Alcohol-Mortality Relationship

US News & World Report: Racial Differences in the Alcohol-Mortality Relationship



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

Boston Public Health Commission – Community Capacity Building (November 21, 2014)

Voices in Leadership – Introduction for Sam Kass (October 9, 2014)

Alumni Networking Dinner (February 6, 2014)

Voices in Leadership – Introduction for Bill Strickland (December 10, 2013)

Challenges in reducing racial disparities (September 12, 2013)

Challenges in reducing racial disparities (video) (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)

Harvard Catalyst Profile 

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