James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research. He is the past Chair, Social Psychology Training Program and Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, all at the University of Michigan. He is past-Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a former Chair of the Section on Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Task Force on Minority Issues of the Geronontological Society of America, and the Committee on International Relations and the Association for the Advancement of Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a former National President of the Black Students Psychological Association and the Association of Black Psychologists. He is current President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIA. He was recently named to the NIH Advisory Council to the Director. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Sciences, International Demographic Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, and the Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.