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Jada Brooks

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN

Assistant Professor

Phone: 919-966-9511
Email: jada@email.unc.edu
Specialty Area: Health Disparities, Minority Health, Research

Currently Accepting PhD Students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 504

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She earned a PhD from Duke University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Brooks’ research program advances knowledge of inflammation as a potential biological pathway linking environmental pollutant exposure and psychosocial factors to cardiovascular disease in American Indian women. Her research program is designed to inform low-cost and culturally based psychosocial interventions that seek to reduce American Indian women’s susceptibility to environmental pollutants. The goal of this work is to promote environmental health equity among American Indian women.

Dr. Brooks’ research concentrates in two areas:

  • Synergistic roles of environmental air pollutants and psychosocial states in inflammatory-based disease among American Indian women
  • Low-cost and culturally based psychosocial interventions to promote mental health and buffer against pollutant-induced inflammation in American Indian women

Current Funded Studies

Inflammatory Markers, Hazardous Air Pollutants, and Psychosocial Factors. NIH, NIEHS, Brooks (PI), K23 ES027026 09/01/16 – 08/31/21.

Co-Investigator. Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth. NIH, NIDA, NIAAA, Lowe (PI), Baldwin (Co-PI), R01 DA035143 04/01/14 – 04/01/19.

2013 – 2014     AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholar

2011                Women to Watch Award Recipient, American Indian Women of Proud                                Nations

2009                Southern Nursing Research Society CANS Dissertation Award

2008 – 2009     National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations AETNA Scholar

2008 – 2009     National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) Mentee

2008                The Great 100, Inc. Scholarship Recipient

Matsuda, Y., Brooks, J. L., & Beeber, L. S (2016). Guidelines for research recruitment of underserved populations (EERC). Applied Nursing Research, 32, 164-170. doi:10.1016/japnr.2016.07.009

Brooks, J. L., Holditch-Davis, D., & Docherty, S. (2016). Birthing and parenting a premature infant in a cultural context. Qualitative Health Research, 26(3), 387-98. doi:10.1177/1049732315573205

Brooks, J. L., Beil, H., & Beeber, L. S (2015). Maternal depressive symptoms and healthcare expenditures for publicly insured children with chronic health conditions. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(4), 790-7. doi:10.1007/s10995-014-1570-4

Brooks, J. L., Holditch-Davis, D., & Landerman, L. (2013). Interactive behaviors of American Indian mothers and their premature infants. Research in Nursing & Health, 36(6), 591-602. doi:10.1002/nur.21561.

Brooks, J. L., Holditch-Davis, D., & Landerman, L (2013). Interactive behaviors of ethnic minority mothers and their premature infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN, 42(3), 357-68. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12037.

Brooks, J. L., Holditch-Davis, D., Landerman, L. R., Miles, M.S., & Engelke, S. (2011). Exploring modifiable risk factors for wheezing in African American premature infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN, 40(3), 302-11. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01238.x.

For Complete List of Published Work: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/47499054/?sort=date&direction=descending