Devlon N. Jackson
Dr. Devlon N. Jackson is trained as a health communication scientist whose research examines how digital health tools can improve the health of vulnerable populations. Specifically, she assess this work at the consumer- and provider-level by exploring how consumers access and use these tools within and outside of the clinical setting, and how providers use these tools to improve care. Her research also identifies communication inequalities that exist and inhibit consumers and providers from accessing and using these tools.
Additionally, Dr. Jackson understands that one’s mental health can greatly impact physical wellness; therefore her research also includes assessing how digital health can support mental health wellness comprehensively. As a result, she was recently awarded an Investigator Diversity Research Supplement grant from the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Her grant, “Using Health Information Technology to Improve Community Care Coordination and Reduce Racial Ethnic Mental Health Disparities” builds upon and extends the research aims of the parent R01 grant to Dr. Jie Chen, Effects of Hospital-Community-Public Health Integration on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health. Health information technology presents an opportunity to enhance care coordination between hospitals and behavioral healthcare providers but the inequity in resources to support HIT implementation between these two health sectors create challenges. Consequently, communities of color are more likely than their white counterparts to suffer from mental illness and physical chronic health conditions. This grant assesses how HIT can improve the mental and physical wellness of African American and Hispanic communities.
Research Interests: digital Health; health information seeking; communication inequalities; trust in sources and channels; communities of color; vulnerable populations; health disparities; health equity