Staff profile

Jessica Jackson

Research Nurse

Jessica Jackson


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Research centre

Health and Social Care Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Research Nurse for the Health and Social Care Research Centre. As part of my role, I work with Public Health England to conduct research for evidence-based guidance. A recent report includes a guidance for commissioners on reducing inequality in physical activity.  

You can also read my blog (see listings below) to learn about some of my previous projects. My background is in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) and Mental Health Nursing within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have over 18 years of experience working in a variety of settings within Health and Social Care. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am an Associate Academic for the University of Derby Online (UDOL). 

Research interests

I have a passion for applied research which has the potential for a positive impact on the health and well-being of any given community. I am experienced in implementing an array of studies with a variety of methodologies. My personal research area of interest is focused on public health. I am particularly interested in the evidencing interventions which can promote and support the continuation of breastfeeding.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent publications

A woman sitting under a tree in a park, holding a baby in her lap

This year's Breastfeeding Celebration Week (21-27 June) focuses on how partners and the wider family unit can support breastfeeding. University of Derby Research Nurse Jessica Jackson draws on her study of the experiences of women breastfeeding beyond infancy, and highlights what families can do to support breastfeeding duration.

Research Nurse Jessica Jackson, the lead author of Public Health England’s ‘Understanding and addressing inequalities in physical activity’ report (March 2021) explains in this blog why, as we begin to emerge from lockdown, we urgently need to address its negative impact on the health and wellbeing for those at the greatest risk.

Syringe pulling liquid from vial

Jessica Jackson, Specialist Community Public Health Research Nurse at the University of Derby, talks about the importance of students ensuring they are fully protected from highly infectious viral illnesses.

Salad wraps and cherry tomatoes in a plastic lunchbox.

Jessica Jackson discusses her study into ways to help parents improve the healthiness of their children's packed lunches.

Nurses smiling at each other in white uniform

Research Nurse Jessica Jackson looks at how social media is blurring the line between personal and professional behaviour, and how this can impact nursing.