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Aurora Jackson

Aurora Jackson, PhD

Inducted in 2022

Current Position

Professor Emerita of Social Welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Dr. Jackson’s scholarship explores interrelationships between and among economic hardship, parental psychological well-being, parenting in the home environment, and child developmental outcomes in families headed by low-income, single-parent, black mothers with young children. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

From 1997-1998, Jackson also was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2000, she received an Outstanding Research Award from the Society of Social Work and Research (SSWR). In 2015, she was an invited participant at the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies, Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children, Open Session, in Washington DC. She can be reached at

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