In addition to her role as Affiliate Professor at Candler, Dr. Jill B. Hamilton is Associate Professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Hamilton previously held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hamilton's research interests include health disparities, social and cultural factors that influence health, and the coping strategies used among older African American cancer survivors and their families. She has written and presented extensively on social support, religiosity, spirituality, and quality of life among African Americans with life-threatening illness, and has been featured in numerous media outlets for her research on the healing effects of religious music.

She was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar from 2003-2007 and a member of the 2014 Class of the UNC Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Faculty Scholar of the Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Duke University. Hamilton was the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC's School of Nursing and the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Publishing's Division Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research.