James S. Jackson '66a

James Jackson '66aDaniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Elected 2016 (Charter Trustee)
B.A. Michigan State University
M.A. University of Toledo
Ph.D. Wayne State University

James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, and former Director and current Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, all at the University of Michigan. He is a former National President of the Association of Black Psychologists, and recent past President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging. He also served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Director of the National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of several scientific associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Aging, Gerontological Society of America, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association of Psychological Sciences, Solomon Carter Fuller Award, American Psychiatric Association, the Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging, University of Southern California, Senior Health Policy Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine, and the recipient of the 2019 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award, American Association for Public Opinion Research.

He is a member of the Board, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) and elected member of the National Academy of Medicine , the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He was recently named a member of the National Science Board.

He is a founding member of the "Aging Society Research Network" of the MacArthur Foundation and he is currently directing an extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations. He is the Co-Director of the NIA supported "Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research".