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

Associate Director, Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team

PhD, Medical Anthropology, McMaster University, 2007

MA, McMaster University, 1998

Hons. BA, University of Waterloo, 1996


Dr. Jacklin is a medical anthropologist specializing in Indigenous health research using community-based participatory research methods. Dr. Jacklin is the Associate Director of the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Science. Prior to joining the UMN Dr. Jacklin spent 12 years at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, ON, where she was appointed as a founding faculty member in 2005. 


Dr. Jacklin has 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 is a principal investigator on Canada’s national dementia research strategy - the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) where she is the co-lead for Team 20 “Issues in Rural and Indigenous Dementia Care. Dr. Jacklin is also the founder of the International Indigenous Dementia Research Network and the Indigenous Cognition Awareness and Aging Awareness Research Exchange ( 



Crowshoe LL, Henderson R, Green M, Jacklin K, Walker L, Calam B. Exploring Canadian physicians’ experiences with diabetes care for Indigenous patients. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 2017; DOI: (epub ahead of print August 15 2017)

Jones L, Jacklin K, O'Connell ME. Development and Use of Health-Related Technologies in Indigenous Communities: Critical Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2017; 19(7):e256. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7520

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

Jacklin K, Ly A, Green M, Calam B, Walker L, Crowshoe C. “ An innovative sequential focus group method for investigating diabetes care experiences with Indigenous peoples in Canada.” International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2016; 15(1):1-12 doi: 10.1177/1609406916674965

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

Jacklin, K., Strasser, R. and Peltier, I. (2014) From the Community to the Classroom: The Undergraduate Aboriginal Health Curriculum at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine 19(4), 143-150.

Jacklin, K., J. Walker and M. Shawande. (2013) The emergence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a health concern among First Nations populations in Canada. The Canadian Journal of Public Health 104(1):e39-e44.

Jacklin K., and W. Warry (2012) Forgetting and Forgotten: Dementia in Aboriginal Seniors. Anthropology and Aging Quarterly 33(1):13

Jacklin, Kristen and Wayne Warry (2011) Chapter 18: Decolonizing First Nations Health. In Rural Health: A Canadian Perspective. Judith C. Kulig & Allison Williams Editors. University of British Columbia Press.

Jacklin, Kristen (2009) Diversity Within: Deconstructing Aboriginal Health. Social Science and Medicine Volume 68, Issue 5, Pages 980-989

Minore, Bruce; Jacklin, Kristen; Boone, Margaret; Cromarty, Helen. (2009) Realistic expectations; The changing role of paraprofessional health workers in First Nation communities in Canada'. Education for Health. 22(2):1-9.

Jacklin, Kristen and Phyllis Kinoshameg (2008). Developing a Participatory Aboriginal Health Research Project: “Only if it’s going to mean something.” Journal of Empirical Research of Human Research Ethics 3(2):53-68.

Lightfoot, N., Strasser, R., Maar, M. and Jacklin, K. (2008). Challenges and rewards of conducting research with northern, rural, and remote communities. Annals of Epidemiology 18: 507-514.