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National Institute of Mental Health James Jackson Memorial Award

James Jackson Memorial Award

2022 James Jackson Award Winner Announced

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is pleased to announce that Karen D. Lincoln, Ph.D., M.S.W, M.A., has been selected as the 2022 James Jackson Memorial Award winner. Dr. Lincoln presented a webinar on Wednesday, July 27, in honor of Minority Mental Health Month. Visit the Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity Webinars page for more information.

James Jackson Memorial Award Winners

Background Information

This award is named in honor of the late Dr. James Jackson, a renowned social psychologist who was the Daniel Katz Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jackson’s research on race, ethnicity, racism, health, and mental health has had far-reaching impacts on the fields of disparities research and minority mental health. Of particular significance, he authored the National Survey of Black Americans and the National Survey of American Life, which changed the way the field examined and understood Black life and mental health in the United States.

To acknowledge Dr. Jackson’s great impact on the fields of disparities research, minority mental health and his commitment to mentoring trainees, NIMH will honor an outstanding researcher who has demonstrated exceptional individual achievement and leadership in mental health disparities research and excellence in mentorship, influence, and support of trainees.

NIMH seeks nominations from the field for exceptional intramural and extramural mental health disparities researchers who:

  • Achievements: Demonstrate outstanding individual achievements in mental health disparities research of exceptional quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field to situate the candidate as a leader among peers
  • Leadership: Demonstrate excellence and leadership in research and knowledge in mental health disparities related to race and ethnicity, sexual and gender minority populations, social determinants of health (such as education, economic stability, quality of housing, access to health care, experience of discrimination) disability status, intersectionality, and/or cultural beliefs; and how they intersect with one another and relate to inequality (including racism, genderism, and ageism)
  • Mentorship and Learning Environment: Demonstrate excellence in mentorship and have substantial influence on the academic and professional pursuits of trainees, particularly in supporting underrepresented trainees. The ideal candidate will have fostered a positive learning environment that is respectful, nurturing and embodies the spirit of diversity and inclusion in academic training, and is passionate about equity, beyond research.

Nomination Criteria

Specific nomination criteria are outlined below and should be clearly demonstrated in the nominee’s application packet.

Previous applicants are allowed and encouraged to re-apply.

All nominees must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States (please acknowledge in CV)
  • Have an established record of independent research in mental health
  • Demonstrate a record of promoting scientific and academic excellence, including but not limited to teaching and other scholastic activities
  • Have made innovative and significant contributions in mental health disparities research towards identifying, developing, testing, and/or implementing strategies to achieve equity
  • Demonstrate excellence in mentorship
  • Demonstrate a commitment to impactful community engagement

How to Apply

Individuals who wish to be considered for the NIMH James Jackson Memorial Award must submit (or have submitted on their behalf) an application packet with the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One (1) example of a peer-reviewed publication or manuscript that best represents the substance and rigor of the candidate’s work
  • A two-page, single-spaced narrative statement that includes a description of research accomplishments, mentorship philosophy and highlights of mentees’ accomplishments, approach to community engagement, and other relevant professional accomplishments
  • Two (2) recommendation letters, emailed or submitted separately from the remainder of the package. One (1) letter must be either from a mentee or a community partner and should include specific examples of fostering a positive, respectful, nurturing work environment


For questions regarding the NIMH James Jackson Award, please email