Position: Extraordinary professor Department: School of Public Health Faculty: Faculty of Community and Health Qualifications: BSN (Florida State), MPH (San Diego State), DSc (Boston)
(Left SOPH October 2013 – now extraordinary professor)
Debra Jackson joined the Health Section of the UNICEF Knowledge Management and Implementation Research Unit as a Senior Health Scientist in 2013, leaving the SOPH where she had worked for 13 years. While at the School, she served as principal investigator for a range of research projects, such as the multi-country PROMISE-EBF trial on promoting exclusive breastfeeding, and the National South African PMTCT Evaluation.
Debra has qualifications in nursing, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Her interests are maternal and child health, perinatal health, nutrition, ethics and health systems research. Her most recent research focus has been on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, infant feeding and community health workers.
Debra lived in South Africa for 14 years and has experience in several African countries, including South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Malawi, South Sudan, Ghana and Rwanda. She has also worked in the Pacific Islands and the United States.
Debra is active in several professional organisations, and in particular has held leadership positions within the American Public Health Association (APHA), including chair of the Maternal and Child Health Section, Governing Councilor, chair of the APHA Nominating Committee, member of the Intersectional Council Steering Committee and the APHA Awards Committee.
Debra has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and has consulted for both WHO and UNICEF in the areas of PMTCT and iCCM.