Center on Race and Social Problems

Lovie J. Jackson Foster, Ph.D.

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University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
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Assistant Professor Lovie J. Jackson Foster earned her PhD in Social Work at the University of Washington in 2008. She completed a three-year T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Jackson Foster’s research interests include the multidisciplinary study of health and health care disparities, collaborative care models to address the health and mental health of traumatized underserved youth and families in diverse settings, and health services research using community-based participatory research and health information technology. Populations of interest are primarily African American youth and families, and other marginalized and traumatized populations such as youth in foster care and low-income families. Her teaching interests include health services research, health disparities, childhood and intergenerational/lifespan trauma, and diverse populations.

Dr. Jackson Foster is a 2011 Fellow of the Family Research Consortium and the M. Alfred Haynes Research Training Institute on Health Disparities. She is currently pursuing grants to support research to develop, implement, and evaluate an engagement intervention using health information technology to screen for trauma and provide brief psychoeducation for youth and caregivers in urban health centers and facilitate health and mental health provider collaboration.