201 Science Drive, Sb 211, Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708
211 Sanford Building, Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708
Jay A. Pearson
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Assistant Research Professor of Global Health
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center
Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2006)
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)
B.S., North Carolina Central University (1991)
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. (On leave, 2015-2016)
Geronimus, AT; James, SA; Destin, M; Graham, LF; Hatzenbuehler, ML; Murphy, MC; Pearson, JA; Omari, A; Thompson, JP (2016). Jedi public health: Co-creating an identity-safe culture to promote health equity. SSM - Population Health, 2 105-116.
Geronimus, AT; Pearson, JA; Linnenbringer, E; Schulz, AJ; Reyes, AG; Epel, ES; Lin, J; Blackburn, EH (2015). Race-Ethnicity, Poverty, Urban Stressors, and Telomere Length in a Detroit Community-based Sample.. Journal of health and social behavior, 56 (2), 199-224.
Braveman, PA; Heck, K; Egerter, S; Marchi, KS; Dominguez, TP; Cubbin, C; Fingar, K; Pearson, JA; Curtis, M (2015). The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White disparities in preterm birth.. American journal of public health, 105 (4), 694-702.
Hasson, RE; Adam, TC; Pearson, J; Davis, JN; Spruijt-Metz, D; Goran, MI (2013). Sociocultural and socioeconomic influences on type 2 diabetes risk in overweight/obese African-American and Latino-American children and adolescents.. Journal of Obesity, 2013 512914-
Pearson, JA; Geronimus, AT (2011). Race/ethnicity, socioeconomic characteristics, coethnic social ties, and health: evidence from the national Jewish population survey.. American journal of public health, 101 (7), 1314-1321.
Geronimus, AT; Hicken, MT; Pearson, JA; Seashols, SJ; Brown, KL; Cruz, TD (2010). Do US black women experience stress-related accelerated biological aging?: A novel theory and first population-based test of black-white differences in telomere length. Human Nature, 21 (1), 19-38.
Kaestner, R; Pearson, JA; Keene, D; Geronimus, AT (2009). Stress, Allostatic Load, and Health of Mexican Immigrants. Social Science Quarterly, 90 (5), 1089-1111.