Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor & Lead Faculty, PhD Program and Division

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 504
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Jada L. Brooks, PhD, MPSH, RN, FAAN 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.