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Jaquelyn (Jackie) Jahn, PhD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity
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PhD, Population Health Sciences, Harvard University
MPH, Women, Gender and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
BA, Psychology, Barnard College of Columbia University


Jaquelyn (Jackie) Jahn, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity.

She is a social epidemiologist whose research investigates how structural racism shapes maternal and child health and population health equity. Much of her work focuses on the health of individuals, families, and communities that are affected by the U.S. criminal legal system. She applies a multilevel, intersectional lens to evaluate the health consequences of policing and incarceration, as well as the role of policies and social movements advancing community health, safety, and wellbeing.

She received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she also received her MPH.

Research Interests

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Structural Racism and Health
  • Quantitative Methods for Health Inequities
  • Urban Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Violence and Trauma


Jahn JL, Wallace M, Theall KP, Hardeman RR. Neighborhood Proactive Policing and Racial Inequities in Preterm Birth in New Orleans, 2018‒2019. Am J Public Health. 2023 Jan;113(S1):S21-S28. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.307079. PMID: 36696607; PMCID: PMC9877384.

Conner C, Mitchell C, Jahn JL on behalf of the End Police Violence Collective. Advancing Public Health Interventions to Address the Harms of the Carceral System: A Policy Statement Adopted by the American Public Health Association, October 2021. Medical Care. 60(9):645-647. Sept 2022.

Jahn JL, Simes JT. Prenatal Healthcare After Sentencing Reform: Heterogeneous Effects for Prenatal Healthcare Access and Equity. BMC Public Health. 22(1):954. May 2022.

Jahn JL*, Simes JT*, Davis BA, Cowger T. Police Arrests During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from Four U.S. Cities, Journal of Urban Health, 99(1);67-76. Feb 2022. *shared first authorship

Jahn JL, Bardele N, Simes JT, Western B. Clustering of health burdens in solitary confinement: A mixed methods approach. SSM Qualitative Research in Health. 2:100036. Jan 2022.

Simes JT, Jahn JL. The Consequences of Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act for Police Arrests. PLoS One.17(1): e026512. Jan 2022.

Jahn JL. Invited Commentary: Comparing Approaches to Measuring Structural Racism. American Journal of Epidemiology, 191(4): 548-551. Mar 2022.

Jahn JL, Krieger N, Agénor M, Leung M, Davis BA, Weisskopf MG, Chen JT. Gestational Exposure to Fatal Police Violence and Pregnancy Loss in U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas, 2013-2015. Lancet EClinicalMedicine. 36:100901. May 2021.

Jahn JL, Agénor M, Chen JT, Krieger N. Frequent Police Stops, Parental Incarceration, & Mental Health: Results Among U.S. non-Hispanic Black and White Adolescent Girls and Boys. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 75(12):1244. Dec 2020.

Jahn JL, Chen JT, Agénor M, Krieger N. County-level Jail Incarceration and Preterm Birth Among non-Hispanic Black and White U.S. Women, 1999-2015. Social Science and Medicine. 250:112856. Feb 2020.

Schwartz GL, Jahn JL. Mapping Fatal Police Violence across US Cities: Overall Rates and Racial/Ethnic Inequities, 2013-2017. PLoS One. 15(6): e0229686. Jun 2020.

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