Student Spotlight February 2021
Jason Deakings received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Slippery Rock University. He later attended Meharry Medical College and obtained his Master of Science in Public Health. Jason is a PHD candidate in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences here at the University of Louisville. He is completing the dissertation stage of his Doctoral program and has an anticipated graduation date of May 2022.
The opportunity to obtain a PHD.
Black Men and Women’s Health
Clinical Research participation uptake among Black people
Social Justice and Health Equity
The field of public health has to do with the prevention, promotion, and the protection of the public’s health and/or specific populations. Public health is wide and broad as a discipline with unending topics including infectious and chronic disease, mental health and wellness, and police violence to name a few.
SREB-State Doctoral Program Fellow
HSC ODI Health and Social Justice Scholar
Cunningham Erves, J.C., Kelly-Taylor., Mayo-Gamble, T.L., Deakings, J., Forbes, L. A Physician’s Recommendation for HPV vaccination: What makes African American Mothers compliant? Pediatric Infectious Disease.
Cunningham-Erves, J., Forbes, L., Ivankova, N., Mayo-Gamble, T., Kelly-Taylor, K., Deakings, J. (2018, March). Black mother's intention to vaccinate daughters against HPV: A mixed methods approach to identify opportunities for targeted communication. Gynecologic Oncology, DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2018.03.047.
Cunningham Erves, J.C., Deakings, J., Mayo-Gamble, T.L., Kelly-Taylor., Miller, S. T. (2019, January). Factors influencing parental trust in medical researchers for child and adolescent patients’ clinical trial participation. Psychology Health Med, DOI: 10. 1080/13548506.2019.1566623.
Being in a space (i.e., academia/higher education) that was not designed for me in its inception.
6. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?
Being able to network with like-minded and not so like-minded people.
7. What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?
Imposter Syndrome!!! I face head on, and combat the lie on a daily basis.
8.Have you ever participated in a PLAN workshop or Academy offered by the Graduate School? If so, how has it helped you in your graduate student journey?
I have! PLAN workshops allow you to prepare and gain skills in a number of different areas that are crucial to a graduate student’s success. For the ones I have attended, I have used the takeaways to enhance my strategies for navigating the landscape of school.
A talent you have always wanted:
To be able to hide emotion on my face!
Darkness can not drive our darkness, only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that. -MLK Jr.