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Jessica Gill, PhD, RN

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Jessica Gill
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Mental Health
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Neurology/Neurobiology
  • PTSD


Jessica Gill is a national leader in research on the biological mechanisms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). She has spent decades investigating differential responses in military personnel, athletes, and other patients that have experienced TBIs and the mechanisms underlying these divergent responses. Specifically, Dr. Gill looks for ways to use biomarkers to identify which patients are at high risk for poor recovery and long-term effects including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and post-concussive syndrome, and to develop treatments. After earning her PhD at JHSON, she went to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Nursing Research that focused on the biological mechanisms of PTSD and depression. At NIH, she also served as a senior investigator and acting deputy scientific director of the National Institute of Nursing Research and deputy director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Gill was the first nurse to receive the Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Award, considered the most prestigious research grant given by the NIH. As Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Trauma Recovery Biomarkers, she will hold primary appointments in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. 

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  • Awards/Honors

    2020   Research Excellence Award for TBI Biomarkers: Diagnostic & Prognostic Indicators, Military Health Systems Research Symposium (MHSRS)

    2020   Office of Director Award-NIH, Awarded for exemplarily stewardship for representation of NIH science to congressional and senate outreach

    2019   Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, Outstanding Senior Investigator

    2018   NIH CC Directors Award for the multidisciplinary efforts to investigate the effects of concussion-like symptoms

    2017   Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    2016   Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award

    2015   Linfield College, Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

    2014   National Academies of Science, Kavli Frontiers Science Fellow

    2014   NIH Distinguished Post-Baccalaureate Mentor Award

    2013   Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

    2012   Lasker Clinical Research Scholar at NIH

    2007   Outstanding Dissertation Award, Johns Hopkins University