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Skyler Jackson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

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Skyler Jackson, PhD



Dr. Skyler Jackson (he/him) conducts research focusing on the ways individuals’ social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation) shape their everyday lives and influence health and well-being. In particular, he is interested in how experiences of stigma—if not adequately coped with—interfere with psychological functioning and contribute to health disparities.

Relying on a broad range of methodological approaches (e.g., microlongitudinal, experimental, qualitative), Dr. Jackson’s current projects examine complex, understudied manifestations of stigma across sexual, racial, and gender minority populations, including (a) intersectional stress among individuals holding multiple marginalized identities (e.g., LGBTQ+ people of color, Black women), and (b) border identity stress among populations holding identities that defy binary categorization (e.g., bisexuals, multiracial people, nonbinary individuals).

Increasingly, Dr. Jackson’s work has focused on the development of culturally-attuned, stigma coping interventions to address the intersectional determinants of health among multiply-marginalized populations. Supporting his research in this area, Dr. Jackson recently received an NIMH K01 Career Development Award entitled, “Intersectional stigma, mental health, and HIV risk among US GBM of color” (1K01MH122316-01A1).

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Maryland, Psychology (2018)
  • BA
    Stanford University, Psychology (2005)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Award for Yale Research Excellence (Finalist)Office of Health Equity Research2023
Social Justice AwardSociety of Counseling Psychology2022
Rising Star AwardAssociation for Psychological Science2022
Achievement Award for Early Career PsychologistsAmerican Psychological Association2019
APA Presidential Citation – Citizen PsychologistAmerican Psychological Association2018
Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate for Social Justice AwardUniversity of Maryland, Counseling Psychology Program2018

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