Arvilla Chapin Payne-Jackson, Ph.D.

Arvilla Chapin Payne-Jackson

Title: Professor
Company: Howard University
Location: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

Arvilla Chapin Payne-Jackson, Ph.D., Professor at Howard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical anthropology.

Drawing upon more than four decades of experience, Dr. Payne-Jackson is an esteemed anthropologist and linguist who has been teaching as a professor at Howard University in Washington, DC, since 1976. Interested in becoming an educator from a young age, she was influenced to enter the field of linguistics by an old fiancé, whose family exclusively spoke Spanish. Though he passed away before they could wed, she realized she loved linguistics and after attending American University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she subsequently earned a doctorate in socio-linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. In addition, she has been a consultant for various federal, state and nonprofit organizations throughout the D.C. area since 1987.

Focusing her attention on medical anthropology, Dr. Payne-Jackson has discovered that she has a gift for being a field worker, as she has been able to discuss traditional medical systems and analyze the efficiency of treatment and diagnostics ranging from traditional lineages to modern health care systems. Notably, she was the producer and scriptwriter for the documentary “Africa Roots to American Roots: A Story of Folk Medicine in America.” Throughout her career, she has further lent her expertise to the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the HIV/AIDS Rapid Assessment Project. She has been the vice president of the Marine Learning Institute since 2014.

As a testament to her success, Dr. Payne-Jackson has been the recipient of several grants from such institutions as the National Science Foundation, the Consortium of Universities, Howard University, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. National Park Service, among many others. From 1995 to 1997, she notably held a visiting fellowship in folk medicine at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Presented with a Certificate of Appreciation Award from the U.S. Surgeon General at the turn of the century, she most recently received a visiting scholarship to the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University to aid in her research on the oral history and impact of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments of the mid-20th century.

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