Jacquelyn Coats is a Social Work PhD student at Brown School.  Her research interests broadly focus on Black adult development, health, and well-being, with a particular focus on identifying what protective factors facilitate healthy aging among older Black adults.  Jacquelyn’s prior work experience includes serving as a health educator and evaluator for community based-participatory research programs in Detroit, MI, as well as conducting research and evaluations aimed at assessing and improving workplace climate for faculty and staff at University of Michigan. Most recently before returning to earn her PhD, she was an Evaluation Fellow at the CDC in Atlanta, GA, where she supported evaluation of intimate partner and sexual violence prevention programs. Jacquelyn received her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Public Health from Brown School and her Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Jacquelyn’s research interests include:
  • Health consequences of structural racism and discrimination for older Black adults 
  • Healthy aging 
  • Black womanhood 
  • Cultural resources and assets for enhancing health
  • Faith-based health promotion and CBPR
  • Positive development of Black emerging scholars in academia