Research Professor of Medicine
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Research Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

James “Jim” Jackson is a Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an internationally renowned expert on the effects of illness, including Long Covid, on cognitive and mental health functioning.

A licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and rehabilitation, he completed a psychology residency at the Veteran’s Affairs/Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Consortium while also receiving post-doctoral training in the treatment of brain injuries at the world-famous Oliver Zangwill Center in Ely, England. A pioneer in the investigation and treatment of Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), he is a Research Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt, where he is also the co-founder and director of Behavioral Health at the award-winning ICU Recovery Center, one of the world’s first comprehensive clinical resources devoted to diagnosing and treating survivors of critical illness, including those who were ill with Covid-19. He serves as the Director of Long-Term Outcomes at the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center. The CIBS Center is widely recognized as a leader in advancing knowledge, education, and models of care for people affected by acute and long-term brain dysfunction following critical illness.

Dr. Jackson is the author of over 150 scientific papers published in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals including New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), The Lancet, and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), as well as dozens of book chapters and editorials. His research has been funded by the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the National Institute of Health and highlighted in the pages of The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Wired, as well as on CNN and PBS.


MA - Clinical Psychology - Georgia School of Professional Psychology - 1993
MA - Clinical Psychology - Rosemead School of Psychology - 1998
PsyD - Clinical Psychology - Rosemead - 2001
Internship - Psychology - Vanderbilt - 2001