Ph.D., Mercer University
C.P.H., University of Michigan
B.S., Florida A&M University
LeKeisha D. Jackson serves as senior advisor to the director of the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health and is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She focuses on strategic planning across the Center of Excellence’s portfolios of work, connecting research, policy and practice, and applies her expertise in health equity and policy, public health, interprofessional education, systems thinking, leadership and organizational development, workforce development and training, and program development and evaluation.
Jackson leads the school-based mental health portfolio, including projects related to children’s mental health services supported by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the United States Department of Education. Jackson provides leadership to the Georgia Apex Program and serves as project director for the Advancing Innovative Partnerships and Pathways to Address Mental Health Workforce Shortages in Georgia Schools, supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant.
Jackson seeks partnerships from all sectors that are interested in strategic planning, addressing workforce shortages and diversifying the pool of mental health professionals, and collaborating and innovating with communities to support school-based mental health and health centers.