Devlon Jackson
Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2356
Phone: 301-405-1464 | |

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

Education and Training
  • Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, NIH-National Cancer Institute, Health Communication Informatics Research Branch, Rockville, MD, 2015
  • PhD., Communication and Culture, Howard University, Washington, DC, 2014
  • M.P.H., Health Education and Promotion, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 2006
  • B.A., Organizational Communication, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2004

Course Instruction

  • HLTH 371: Communicating Safety and Health 
  • HLTH 671: Public Health Communication 
Honors and Awards

Research Grants

  • NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (Investigator Diversity Research Supplement Grant)- Using Health Information Technology to Improve Community Care Coordination and Reduce Racial Ethnic Mental Health Disparities, 2019 (3 years), PI
  • NIH-National Library of Medicine (R01) - HealthyMe/MiSalud Smartphone Application: Identifying Mechanisms to Engage African Americans and Hispanics in Personal Health Libraries, 2018 (4 years), Project Director

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Research Presentation, "Implications of Social Media Use on Health Information Technology Use: Data from HINTS 4 Cycle 3," DC Health Communication Conference, 2015

Selected Publications

Jackson DN,  Trivedi N, Baur C (2020). Re-prioritizing digital health and health literacy in Healthy People 2030 to Affect Health Equity. Health Communication. doi:

Blake KD, Thai C, Falisi A, Chou WS, Oh A, Jackson D,  Gaysynsky A, & Hesse BW (2019). Video-based interventions for cancer control: Systematic Review. Health Education & Behavior. doi:

Jackson DN, Peterson EB, Blake KD, Coa K, Chou WS (2019). Americans' trust in health information sources: Trends and sociodemographics predictors. American Journal of Health Promotion. doi:

Jackson DN, Passmore S, Fryer CS, Chen J, Kleinman DV, Horowitz AM, Butler III J, Garza MA, Quinn SC, Thomas SB (2018). Mission of Mercy emergency dental clinics: An opportunity to promote general and oral health. BMC Public Health.

Thomas SB, Pasmore SR, Jackson DN, Horowitz AM, Casper E, Nalls J, Kleinman DV (2017). The 2014 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy dental clinic: Building community capacity and complementing public policy. American Journal of Public Health      

Jackson DN, Chou WS, Coa KI, Oh, A, Hesse B (2016). Implications of social media use on health information technology: Data from HINTS 4 Cycle 3. Translationslational Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0437-1

Oh A, Chou WS, Jackson D, Cykert S, Eng E, Community RX (2016). Reducing cancer disparities through community engagement: The promises of informatics. In B. Hesse, D. Ahern, & E. Beckjord. Oncology informatics: Using health information technology to improve processes and outcomes in cancer (pgs. 24-38). Massachusetts: Elsevier