Staff profile

Jessica Jackson

Research Nurse


College of Health 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. Read my blog to learn about some of my current 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). I currently teach the topic of Preparing Research and Evidence-Based Practice and I also supervise for undergraduates who are working towards the completion of their Independent Studies. 

Professional interests

I am an academic adviser for Public Health England and as part of this have conducted realist literature reviews, implemented a large cluster of randomized controlled trial and qualitative investigations. 

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

Jackson, J.E. and Hallam, J., 2020. Against all odds—why UK mothers’ breastfeeding beyond infancy are turning to their international peers for emotional and informative support. Health Care for Women International, pp.1-17.

Jackson, J.E., Giles, D., and Gerrard, C., 2019. Using figured worlds to explore parents' attitudes and influences for choosing the content of primary school packed lunches. British Journal of School Nursing, 14(7), pp.335-341.

Ryan, G., Jackson, J., and Cornock, M., 2019. Exploring public perspectives of e-professionalism in nursing. Nursing Management, 26(6).

Jackson, J. E. & Hallam, J. 2019. ‘I felt like I was doing something wrong’: A qualitative exploration of mothers' experiences of breastfeeding. Journal of Health Visiting, 7, 166-172.

Jackson, J (2019) Social media: blurred lines between personal and professional behaviour. Practice Nurse. 49 (4)

Safari R, Jackson J, Dhadda B, Watkins, M, Sheffield D, Anthony D (2018). Digital interventions to promote self-management in people with osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis. PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018089322.

UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference (2018) - Poster Presentation - ‘OH, YOU’RE STILL FEEDING?’ An exploration of mothers’ experiences breastfeeding a child aged 12 months and beyond.

Bird, J, Ali, P, Jackson, J (2018) Systematic review of arts-based therapeutic and educational interventions with victims of domestic violence and abuse. PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018104511.

Ward D, Jackson J, Giles D, Bunten A, Howell-Jones R, Burgess-Allen J (2017); Using behavioural insights to improve the healthiness of children’s packed lunches: Jessica Jackson, European Journal of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue suppl_3, 1 November 2017, ckx187.316.

A Woodward, D Ward, J Jackson (2017); Exploring the Long-term Influence of the Family Nurse Partnership on the Lives of Young Mothers: Jessica Jackson, European Journal of Public Health, Volume 27, Issue suppl_3, 1 November 2017, ckx186.308.

Blog Posts

Nursing student preparing an injection

With a new university term starting, Jessica Jackson, Research Nurse, indicates how important it is to make sure students are fully protected from highly infectious viral illnesses.

A healthy school lunch box, with wraps and fresh tomatoes

University of Derby Research Nurse Jessica Jackson discusses her study into ways to help parents improve the healthiness of their children’s packed lunches.

Nursing students talking

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