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Jay A. Pearson, Associate Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Associate Research Professor of Global Health and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Location: 201 Science Drive, Sb 211, Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-7327
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: jay.pearson@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Policy, Health Disparities

Education:
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2006
MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
M.P.H., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1996
B.S., North Carolina Central University, 1991

Research Description: Health impact of policy influenced social determinants including racial assignment, ethnic identity formation, immigration/trans-nationalism, social discrimination, socio-economic indicators, social-cultural orientation, and physical embodiment

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Geronimus, AT; Pearson, JA; Linnenbringer, E; Eisenberg, AK; Stokes, C; Hughes, LD; Schulz, AJ. "Weathering in Detroit: Place, Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty as Conceptually Fluctuating Social Constructs Shaping Variation in Allostatic Load.." The Milbank Quarterly 98.4 (December, 2020): 1171-1218. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Richman, L; Pearson, J; Beasley, C; Stanifer, J. "Addressing health inequalities in diverse, rural communities: An unmet need.." Ssm Population Health 7 (April, 2019): 100398. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Geronimus, AT; James, SA; Destin, M; Graham, LF; Hatzenbuehler, ML; Murphy, MC; Pearson, JA; Omari, A; Thompson, JP. "Jedi public health: Co-creating an identity-safe culture to promote health equity." Ssm Population Health 2 (December, 2016): 105-116. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Geronimus, AT; Pearson, JA; Linnenbringer, E; Schulz, AJ; Reyes, AG; Epel, ES; Lin, J; Blackburn, EH. "Race-Ethnicity, Poverty, Urban Stressors, and Telomere Length in a Detroit Community-based Sample.." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 56.2 (June, 2015): 199-224. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Braveman, PA; Heck, K; Egerter, S; Marchi, KS; Dominguez, TP; Cubbin, C; Fingar, K; Pearson, JA; Curtis, M. "The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White disparities in preterm birth.." American Journal of Public Health 105.4 (April, 2015): 694-702. [doi]  [abs]

Highlight:
Jay A. Pearson’s research, teaching and advocacy address how policy sponsored and structurally rooted social inequality influence the social determination of health disadvantage. A native of Hertford County North Carolina, Pearson’s early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped and informed his professional interests. Pearson began his public health career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras where he worked as a child survival health specialist training and evaluating midwives and local health workers.

Upon returning to the U.S. he worked as a health educator with the East Coast Migrant Health Project, later designing and implementing health and safety training for Spanish-speaking factory workers, pesticide safety training with a multi-ethnic farm worker population, and lead poisoning prevention in an impoverished urban community. Pearson served as assistant project director of an NIH-funded research study in which he was responsible for primary data collection in an ethnically diverse Detroit community.

Academically, Pearson moved from a model of individual behavior change in undergraduate studies at North Carolina Central University to one of community assessment and intervention during his masters’ work at the University of North Carolina. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan, Pearson began to study the social determinants of population health. He is particularly interested in the health effects of conventional and non-conventional resources associated with racial assignment, ethnic identity, national origin, immigration, and cultural orientations.

Bio/Profile
Jay A. Pearson’s research examines how policy sponsored structural inequality influences social determination of health. A native of Hertford County North Carolina, Pearson’s early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his academic interests and inform his research agenda. Pearson began his public health career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras where he worked on child survival. He trained and evaluated midwives and village health workers in nutritional counseling, growth monitoring, oral rehydration therapy and prevention of acute respiratory infections. Upon returning to the U.S. he worked as a health educator with the East Coast Migrant Health Project, later designing and implementing health and safety training for Spanish speaking factory workers, pesticide safety training with a multi-ethnic farm worker population, and lead poisoning prevention in an impoverished urban community. Pearson served as assistant project director of an NIH-funded research study in which he was responsible for primary data collection in an ethnically diverse Detroit community. Academically, Pearson moved from a model of individual behavior change in undergraduate studies at North Carolina Central University to one of community assessment and intervention during his masters’ work at the University of North Carolina. While pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan, Pearson began to study the social determinants of population health. He is particularly interested in the health effects of conventional and non-conventional resources associated with racial assignment, ethnic identity, national origin, immigration, and cultural orientations.

Jay A. Pearson