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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 of 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, transgender/nonbinary individuals). Emerging interests include assessing the mental health consequences of dehumanizing experiences and the study of interventions aiming to reduce stigma-related stress among marginalized populations.

Education & Training

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
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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