Dr. Skyler Jackson received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Prior to graduating, he served as a Fellow within the American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (2014-17) and completed his Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship within the Atlanta VA Health Care System (2017-18). During his time as a graduate student, Dr. Jackson was the recipient of numerous university awards and honors, including receiving a 2014 Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award, being inducted into the Lavender Leadership Honor Society in 2016, and being awarded the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award.
Currently, Dr. Jackson is based in New York City and works as a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale School of Public Health within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. Using diverse, cutting-edge research methods, his scholarship focuses on the ways individuals’ social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation) shape their everyday lives and influence psychological functioning. He is particularly interested in examining stigma-related stress as a determinant of health among marginalized individuals, with a focus on understudied populations, such as those holding multiple marginalized identities (e.g., LGBTQ people of color, Black women). He is currently assisting in the design, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical intervention to address stigma-related stress, mental health, and HIV risk among young Black and Latino sexual minority men in small urban areas.
Dr. Jackson has been recognized for his efforts to harness psychological ideas, resources, and skills to address enduring societal problems and influence social change. Based on work to promote social justice through scholarship, advocacy, and public service, he has received multiple prestigious awards including the 2016 Distinguished Student Contribution Award from the APA Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2017 UMD George M. Phillips Award for Graduate Research in the Public Interest, and 2018 Counseling Psychology Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate for Social Justice Award. Most recently, based on his sustained work in collaboration with Western Justice Center/ENCOMPASS to reduce prejudice and conflict among California youth, he was awarded a 2018 Presidential Citation as an APA Citizen Psychologist. Dr. Jackson is currently a member of APA Division 44’s Task Force on Racism.