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Assistant Professor

Dylan B. Jackson, PhD, MS, focuses on fostering the health and well-being of children and youth in the face of violence, adversity, and exposure to the criminal justice system.

Research Interests

child health; adolescent health; crime; violence; criminal legal system; justice-involved families; incarceration; policing; adverse childhood experiences; trauma-informed policy; mental health; social support; prevention science; life course; health equity
Experiences & Accomplishments
Florida State University
Florida State Univeristy
Brigham Young Universty
Dylan B. Jackson is a trained life-course and developmental criminologist whose research primarily focuses on 1) fostering the health and well-being of children and youth in the face of violence, adversity, and exposure to the criminal legal system, and 2) promoting child and adolescent health as a means of developmental crime prevention. His work examines myriad exposures to the criminal legal system (e.g., policing, incarceration) and family and neighborhood violence as potent determinants of child and adolescent health. He also investigates the implications of diminished health, often within the broader context of social inequities, for violent and problem behaviors, with a primary focus on health and development during the early life course. Dr. Jackson's work is integrative, bridging empirical and theoretical developments from multiple social and health science fields, including public health, criminology, sociology, social work, and psychology. His work has been published in a diverse set of peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Health Affairs, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, Social Science & Medicine, Psychology of Violence, Prevention Science, Preventive Medicine, Youth & Society, and American Journal of Community Psychology.
Select Publications
Select Publications:
  • Jackson, Dylan B., and Michael G. Vaughn. 2018. “Promoting Health Equity to Prevent Crime.” Preventive Medicine, 113, 91-94.
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Juan Del Toro, Daniel C. Semenza, Alexander Testa, and Michael G. Vaughn. In Press. “Unpacking Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Emotional Distress During Witnessed Police Stops.” Journal of Adolescent Health.
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Chantal Fahmy, Alexander Testa, and Michael G. Vaughn. 2019. “Police Stops Among At-Risk Youth: Repercussions for Mental Health.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(5), 627-632
  • Jackson, Dylan B., Michael G. Vaughn, and Chad Posick. 2019. “New Evidence of the Nexus between Neighborhood Violence, Perceptions of Danger, and Child Health.” Health Affairs, 38(5), 746-754.
  • Testa, Alexander and Dylan B. Jackson. 2021. “Parental Incarceration and School Readiness: Findings from the 2016-2018 National Survey of Children’s Health.” Academic Pediatrics, 21(3), 534-541.