Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)


Kristina M. Jackson received her graduate training (PhD in 1997) in applied social psychology at Arizona State University, with an emphasis on quantitative methods and their application to health-related behaviors through analysis of both epidemiological and experimental intervention data. Upon graduation, she took a position as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and as a Research Assistant Professor thereafter. Dr. Jackson joined the faculty at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in 2005.

Her research largely centers on the developmental course of substance use among adolescents and young adults. She is currently funded by NIAAA and NIDA to examine individual- and contextual-level risk factors for substance use initiation and progression to increasingly severe use among adolescents, including the influence of exposure to alcohol content in social and entertainment media. She has also conducted work on the remission of substance involvement in college students and across young adulthood, and employs fine-grained approaches to study co-use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. She is an expert in the application of quantitative methods to the study of substance use and has been funded by a mid-career award to apply developmental methods to research in underage substance use.

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