Graduate students


Nicholas Jackson

Contact Information

E-mail: nicholas.jackson@usc.edu

Education

  • B.S. The University of Arizona, 2005
  • M.P.H. Biostatistics, The University of Arizona, 2009
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Southern California, 2014


Employment History

  • Senior Statistician, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015 - Present
  • Biostatistician, University of Pennsylvania, 2010 - 2012

Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • Data is everywhere. We generate new data with every social media post, digital transaction, and video of kittens. Our phones collect data on where we go and how fast we got there. This deluge of data has given rise to a new industry that is devoted to understanding the bits of information that may explain who we are and what we want. While this type of data is mostly used to sell you more “stuff”; for scientists studying behavior, there is a tremendous capability to use this information for social good. My name is Nicholas Jackson, and I’m a statistician. My research interests are in the intersection of statistics, behavior, and public health. I hold a Master’s of Pubic Health in Biostatistics and a Master’s of Arts in Quantitative Psychology and am currently a third year doctoral student in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Southern California. I am also a Senior Statistician at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Medicine Statistics Core. While I alluded to “Big Data” above, I primarily deal with “small data” from various behavioral and medical research studies. However I have an interest in the principal set of methods used to analyze big data (i.e. Statistical/Machine Learning) and how exploratory techniques reconcile with confirmatory hypothesis testing. Substantively, I explore these interests through research on socio-behavioral determinants of substance use as well as the consequences of early substance involvement.

Research Keywords


  • Health Psychology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Social Networks, Statistics, Classification, Stata, R, mutilevel modeling, mediation

Publications

  • Journal Article
    Jackson, N. J., Isen, J. D., Khoddam, R., Irons, D., Tuvblad, C., Iacono, W. G., McGue, M., Raine, A., Baker, L. A. (2016). Impact of Adolescent Marijuana Use on Intelligence: Results from Two Longitudinal Twin Studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    Grandner, M. A., Jackson, N. J., Pak, V. M., Gehrman,Grandner, P. R., Jackson, N. J., Pak, V. M., Gehrman, P. R. (2012). Sleep disturbance is associated with cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Journal of sleep research. Vol. 21 (4), pp. 427-33. PubMed Web Address
    Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Aickin, M., Bootzin, R. R., Brooks,Bell, A. J., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Aickin, M., Bootzin, R. R., Brooks, A. J. (2012). Nonlinear dynamical systems effects of homeopathic remedies on multiscale entropy and correlation dimension of slow wave sleep EEG in young adults with histories of coffee-induced insomnia. Homeopathy : the journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Vol. 101 (3), pp. 182-92. PubMed Web Address
    Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Brooks, A. J., Schwartz,Bell, G. E., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Brooks, A. J., Schwartz, G. E. (2012). Multiweek resting EEG cordance change patterns from repeated olfactory activation with two constitutionally salient homeopathic remedies in healthy young adults. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.). Vol. 18 (5), pp. 445-53. PubMed Web Address
    Zimmerman, J. E., Chan, M. T., Jackson, N., Maislin, G., Pack,Zimmerman, A. I., Chan, M. T., Jackson, N., Maislin, G., Pack, A. I. (2012). Genetic background has a major impact on differences in sleep resulting from environmental influences in Drosophila. Sleep. Vol. 35 (4), pp. 545-57. PubMed Web Address
    Grandner, M. A., Martin, J. L., Patel, N. P., Jackson, N. J., Gehrman, P. R., Pien, G., Perlis, M. L., Xie, D., Sha, D., Weaver, T., Gooneratne,Grandner, N. S., Martin, J. L., Patel, N. P., Jackson, N. J., Gehrman, P. R., Pien, G., Perlis, M. L., Xie, D., Sha, D., Weaver, T., Gooneratne, N. S. (2012). Age and sleep disturbances among American men and women: data from the U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Sleep. Vol. 35 (3), pp. 395-406. PubMed Web Address
    Grandner, M. A., Jackson, N. J., Pigeon, W. R., Gooneratne, N. S., Patel,Grandner, N. P., Jackson, N. J., Pigeon, W. R., Gooneratne, N. S., Patel, N. P. (2012). State and regional prevalence of sleep disturbance and daytime fatigue. Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Vol. 8 (1), pp. 77-86. PubMed Web Address
    Sunwoo, B. Y., Jackson, N., Maislin, G., Gurubhagavatula, I., George, C. F., Pack,Sunwoo, A. I., Jackson, N., Maislin, G., Gurubhagavatula, I., George, C. F., Pack, A. I. (2012). Reliability of a single objective measure in assessing sleepiness. Sleep. Vol. 35 (1), pp. 149-58. PubMed Web Address
    Bell, I. R., Brooks, A. J., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Schwartz,Bell, G. E., Brooks, A. J., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Schwartz, G. E. (2011). Short-term effects of repeated olfactory administration of homeopathic sulphur or pulsatilla on electroencephalographic alpha power in healthy young adults. Homeopathy : the journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Vol. 100 (4), pp. 203-11. PubMed Web Address
    Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Aickin, M., Baldwin, C. M., Bootzin, R. R. (2011). Effects of homeopathic medicines on polysomnographic sleep of young adults with histories of coffee-related insomnia. Sleep medicine. Vol. 12 (5), pp. 505-11. PubMed Web Address
    Brooks, A. J., Bell, I. R., Howerter, A., Jackson, N., Aickin, M. (2010). Effects of homeopathic medicines on mood of adults with histories of coffee-related insomnia. Forschende Komplementarmedizin (2006). Vol. 17 (5), pp. 250-7. PubMed Web Address
    Menk, L., Howerter, A., Bell, I. R., Jackson, N. (2010). Exploring measures of whole person wellness: integrative well-being and psychological flourishing. Explore (New York, N.Y.). Vol. 6 (6), pp. 364-70. PubMed Web Address
     

Service to the Profession


Professional Memberships


  • International Association for Statistical Computing, 2011-  
  • American Statistical Association, 2008-  

 

 



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  • University of Southern California
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