Lisa Jackson is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at Schoolcraft College. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, specializing in behavioral neuroscience.
Her passions involve mentoring undergraduate students and teaching psychology. She is interested in health issues in young people including reproductive health, mental health, drug abuse and intimate partner violence. Through the Project for Research on Black Americans, she investigates how “race” affects the health of women. Through the University of Michigan Medical School, she looks at how issues of health, equity and inclusion impact socially mediated determinantes of health.
She is affiliated with the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion in the University of Michigan Medical School where she works to facilitate the transfer of under-represented community college students to UM and ultimately medical school.
Her research focuses on how sex differences in neural structure and neurochemical function affect behavior, including how ovarian hormones affect depression and cocaine addiction in women. Her research includes an animal model of cocaine addiction and human brain imaging studies.
Dr. Jackson is a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Society for Neuroscience Fellow, a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a recipient of an American Psychological Association Fellowship in Neuroscience. She is also the recipient of an outstanding faculty award at Schoolcraft.
She is the former president and on the Board of Directors of Ozone House in Ann Arbor, a youth and family services agency that serves homeless and at risk youth and young adults.