Usher Institute

Leadership and Governance

Professor Julie Jacko leads the Usher Institute as Interim Director

Professor Julie Jacko, Interim Director, Usher Institute
Professor Julie Jacko, Interim Director, Usher Institute

Professor Julie Jacko, Interim Director

Professor Julie Jacko is Interim Director of the Usher Institute.

Julie joined us in 2023 as co-leader of the Centre for Medical Informatics, focusing on creating/co-creating innovative discovery, solutions, partnerships, programs, systems and collaboratives in health informatics and population health that produce sustainable impact.

Previous to that, Julie moved from the Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she served as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences and Professor in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Professor Jacko received her BS, MS and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

Her expertise in health informatics, health IT, population health, and human-computer interaction have generated a career lifetime total exceeding $30 million in externally funded research as either PI or Co-PI. She has over 15,850 total citations. With an h-index of 54 overall, her 180+ publications have appeared in preeminent scientific journals. She was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honour awarded to early career research investigators by the US government. Numerous awards since have positioned her at the forefront of her field.

Passionately committed to addressing historic health disparities for marginalised populations, and vulnerable, under-resourced communities, her recent research funding includes a $1M grant awarded by the Health Foundation of South Florida to lead the PATHWell Collaborative, a public-private partnership focused on achieving health equity for Florida's most disadvantaged communities. She is also the recent PI/Project Director on a Florida Blue Foundation grant focused on preventing opioid and substance abuse by South Florida's vulnerable youth, through education, research, and community health interventions.

An expert consultant in the manufacturing, healthcare and IT sectors, Professor Jacko often serves as a strategist for organisations seeking to improve productivity, profitability, and impact. She has an innate passion for entrepreneurial endeavours. In 2015, she was recognised as a top entrepreneur in Miami for having created “one of the city’s most prolific businesses".

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Senior Leadership Team

The Usher Institute Interim Director and Deputy Director are supported by the wider Usher Institute Board as the key strategic decision making committee of the Institute and the Usher Institute Executive as the key operational decision making committee of the Institute - responsible collectively for management, policy and procedures of the Institute.

The Usher Institute Board includes the Heads of Centres; Directors of: Research, Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact, Innovation, Education and Postgraduate Research; SRO Data-Driven Innovation Hub; Director of Professional Services, Senior Research Strategy Manager; Communications and Engagement Manager and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Usher Institute Board - committees site

Usher Institute Executive - committees site

Usher Institute People

Committees and groups supporting the Senior Leadership Team

There are various committees and groups which report to the Usher Institute Board. They all purposefully include membership from across the Institute and across career levels and pathways.

The Director of Research is supported by a Research Committee, Director of Education by an Education Committee and Directors of Innovation / Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact are supported by an Impact Committee.

There is an Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee which aims to promote and foster the mainstreaming of equality and diversity issues and awareness within the Institute - stimulating and building good practice in relation to ED&I across the full range of Usher activities. This is in the process of transitioning to a Deanery-wide committee with Usher Institute representation.

There is an Usher Institute Postgraduate Research Group, and student-led Postgraduate Research Society - both of which feed in to both the Usher Board and the College Postgraduate Research Committee.

Postgraduate Teaching Programmes feed in to the Deanery Postgraduate Teaching Steering Group / Teaching Organisation.

An Usher Institute Information Services (IS) Committee work with the College IS team to feed in to IS strategy.

An Usher Institute Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee oversees the implementation and operation of the Usher Institute and University health and safety policies and arrangements.

An Usher Institute Sustainability Group offers a shared opportunity to shape our practice with sustainability in mind and drive forward sustainability initiatives.

Usher Institute Research Committee

Usher Institute Impact Committee (requires login)

Usher Institute Information Services Committee

Usher Institute Health Safety and Wellbeing Committee (requires login)

Sustainability at the Usher Institute (requires login)

If you are unable to find what you are looking for among the information available at the above links, including direct contacts for each of the committees or information on how to get involved, please let us know by contacting

External Advisory Board

Our External Advisory Board is chaired by Professor John Ioannidis (C F Rehnborg Chair Disease Prevention. Stanford), with members Dr David Blumenthal (President of the Commonwealth Fund), Professor Martin McKee (Professor of European Public Health LSTM), Professor Debbie Lawlor (Professor of Epidemiology, University of Bristol) and Professor Lawrence Gostin (Professor of Global Health Law, Georgetown).