Dr. Jeff Jackson the Interim Clinical Director and an Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Department of Human Development at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. He 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 worked in inpatient and residential settings providing services to families coping with eating disorders and depression. He has also provided clinical services in a variety of outpatient settings and maintains a private practice. 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 is frequently invited to present on using Dialectical Behavior Therapy with couples and families, treating adolescents with reactive attachments, evidence informed premarital counseling, relationship enrichment, premarital counseling, and ambiguous loss.
Dr. Jackson’s program of research centers on improving couple relationships and partner wellbeing through identifying risk and protective factors of relationship satisfaction and relationship stability. He examines predictors of couple relationship outcomes through both original research and meta-analysis of existing research . He also researches couples who have children with developmental disabilities and empirically supported relational treatments for specific diagnoses.
Dr. Jackson 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, where he served as the director of the Italy Immersion Program in Family Therapy and Italian Culture.