Kristen Jacklin, PhD

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Kristen Jacklin

Contact Info

Office Phone 218-726-8568

Fax 218-726-6802

Office Address:
624 E. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55805

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Executive Director of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, Medical School, Duluth Campus

PhD, Medical Anthropology, McMaster University, 2007

MA, McMaster University, 1998

Hons. BA, University of Waterloo, 1996


Kristen Jacklin, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health as well as the Associate Director of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT) at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus. 

Dr. Jacklin is a medical anthropologist with an extensive background in community-based Indigenous health research and health equity. Her research focuses on chronic disease care for Indigenous peoples, including investigations concerning aging; cognitive health and dementia; diabetes; and Indigenous health/medical education. Dr. Jacklin leads the Indigenous Cultural Understandings of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – Research and Exchange (I-CARE) program of research which pairs community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches with Indigenous methodologies to address dementia disparities in Indigenous populations. She also co-leads with Dr. Wayne Warry, the Center for Community Engaged Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). CERDAR uses CBPR approaches to engage rural participants in projects concerning the prevention, diagnosis and care for people with dementia in rural communities. Dr. Jacklin is the founder of the International Indigenous Dementia Research Network and the Indigenous Cognition Awareness and Aging Awareness Research Exchange (


Dr. Jacklin has expertise in community-based participatory research, Indigenous methodologies, qualitative and ethnographic methods as well as specializing in highly integrative research designs. Much of her current research is multi-sited, diversity-focused, with a critical anthropological lens. Her Indigenous projects additionally layer a two-eyed seeing framework. She has expertise in health equity, Indigenous aging and health, knowledge translation and exchange, cross-cultural medicine and cultural safety, and Indigenous and rural medical education.



Jacklin K, Pitawanakwat K, Blind M, O’Connell ME, Walker J, Lemieux A, Warry W. (in press) Developing the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment for use with Indigenous older Anishinaabe adults in Ontario, Canada Innovations in Aging.

Jacklin K, Pitawanakwat K, Blind M, Lemieux A, Sobol A, Warry W. (2020) Peace of mind: A community-industry-academic partnership to adapt dementia technology for Anishinaabe communities on Manitoulin Island. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. 7:1-11

Slater, M. Jacklin, K. Sutherland, R. Jones, C. Blind, M. Warry, W. Valvasori, M. Walker, J. (2020) Understanding aging, frailty and resilience in Ontario First Nations. Canadian Journal on Aging, 40 (3).

Webkamigad S*, Warry W, Blind M, Jacklin K. An Approach to Improve Dementia Health Literacy in Indigenous Communities. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. Published online Dec 18, 2019

Lemieux, A.M. & Jacklin, K. (2019) Moving beyond privilege for all dementia patients. Brain, Behavior and Immunity Jun 5; PubMed PMID: 31173845.

Jacklin K and Walker J. Cultural Understandings of Dementia in Indigenous Peoples: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis. (2019) Canadian Journal on Aging. Published online: 10 June 2019 DOI:

Jones R, Crowshoe L, Reid P, Calam B, Curtis E, Green M, Huria T, Jacklin K, Kamaka M, Lacey C, Milroy J, Paul D, Pitama S, Walker L, Webb G, Ewen S. (2019) Educating for Indigenous Health Equity: A Consensus Statement. Academic Medicine 94(4):512-519. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002476.

Jacklin K, Henderson R*, Green M, Calam B, Walker L, Crowshoe L. (2017) Healthcare Experiences of Indigenous People Living with Type 2 Diabetes in Canada: Sequential Focus Group Findings from Diverse Indigenous Contexts. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 183(9): 106-112. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.161098

Jacklin K, Ly A*, Green M, Calam B, Walker L, Crowshoe C. (2016) An Innovative Sequential Focus Group Method for Investigating Diabetes Care Experiences with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. International Journal of Qualitative Methods 15(1): 1-12

Jacklin K, Pace JE*, & Warry W. (2015) Informal Dementia Caregiving among Indigenous Communities in Ontario, Canada. Care Management Journals 16(2): 106-120.

Jacklin K, Walker J, Shawande M. (2013) The Emergence of Dementia as a Health Concern among First Nations Populations in Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Journal of Public Health 104(1): e39-e44.

Jacklin, Kristen (2009) Diversity Within: Deconstructing Aboriginal Health. Social Science and Medicine Volume 68(5):980-989. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.12.035