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Dr. Jeffrey Jackson

Program Director and Assistant Professor

NVC Room 202D

(703) 538-3787



  • BS: Brigham Young University, 2000
  • MS: University of Maryland, 2004
  • Ph.D: Brigham Young University, 2009

Research Interests

  • Couple Relationship Quality and Stability
  • Clinical Outcome Research
  • Brief Strategic Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Disability
  • Meta-Analysis

Dr. Jeff Jackson is the Program Director of the Center for Family Services and an Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Department of Human Development and Family Science at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church.  He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in the Fall of 2015.  From 2010 until 2015, Dr. Jackson was faculty in the California School of Professional Psychology Couple and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University, Irvine.  He periodically directs a study abroad program to Italy that focuses on clinical training and self-of-the-therapist work.  

Dr. Jackson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Virginia, California, and Utah, and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.  He has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups from all life stages and backgrounds in a wide range of areas.  He has also worked in a variety of clinical settings.  His clinical specializations include marital distress, premarital counseling, adolescents and parent-child relationships, reactive attachment, abuse, ambiguous loss, disability, eating disorders, and depression.  Dr. Jackson frequently presents on therapy approaches for couples and families, couple relationship enrichment, eating disorder treatment, clinical therapy approaches, ambiguous loss, and families of children with developmental disabilities.  

Dr. Jackson’s primary program of research centers on improving couple relationship quality and partner wellbeing through predicting relationship factors such as conflict, satisfaction, and stability.  He examines predictors of couple relationship quality through both original quantitative and qualitative research, as well as systematic reviews of existing research (predominantly meta-analysis), with an increasing focus on intervention research.  As a researcher-practitioner with a translational and applied clinical focus, Dr. Jackson’s research provides clinical implications of findings to help therapists help couples improve their relationships.  He also researches empirically supported relational treatments for specific diagnoses, brief strategic therapy clinical outcomes, and couples who have children with developmental disabilities.

Research Interests: couple relationship quality and stability, clinical outcome research, brief strategic therapy, eating disorders, disability, meta-analysis.