Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Monica Christine Jackson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained a B.S. and M.S. degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University. She completed a PhD in applied mathematics and computational science from University of Maryland. After completing her degree at the University of Maryland, she was a post doctoral researcher at Emory University in the department of Biostatistics under the direction of Lance A. Waller. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Statistics at American University. Her current research interest is in the areas of spatial statistics and disease surveillance with applications to developing, investigating methods for detecting cancer clusters, global clustering patterns, and developing simulation algorithms for spatially correlated data.
As a spatial statistician, she has expertise in developing spatial models for detecting clustering trends in geographic data. She developed similar models to investigate cancer trends in the U.S. Her previous experience and specialization with these types of data has been proven through numerous publications in this field. She has shown rural/urban differences in mammography screening rates in California. This research is important as decisions are made on where to locate screening facilities.
She investigated malaria rates in West Africa to determine if global warming was changing the mortality rates associate with Malaria rates. She also examined the patterns of care and survival of African-American, Hispanic and Non-Hispanic white patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She found that differences in primary tumor size, cancer stage and insurance status were contributing factors in whether patients of different ethnicities/races received surgery, but did not explain differences in the receipt of chemotherapy for some groups. In 2012 she received the Morton Bender Prize for outstanding research by an Associate Professor at American University. She has also spent sabbaticals at the National Cancer Institutes, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA and at the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute where she worked on applying her spatial techniques to a wide variety of medical problems.
PhD, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation, University of Maryland
MS, Applied Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University
BS, Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University
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