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Yo Jackson

Associate Professor
Clinical Child Psychology

Ph.D., 1995, University of Alabama
Research Areas: Clinical Child Psychology

Related Links
Clinical Child Psychology Program

Research Interests

My research is focused on the nature of the resiliency process for children exposed to stress and trauma. My interests are inclusive of all kinds of trauma - however, I have several projects specific to the needs of children exposed to abuse and maltreatment. My projects examine the nature of the relations between exposure to stressors, potential moderators and mediators (i.e., protective factors), and adaptive behavior. Development and testing of models of the relation are key to the research and most of the projects are targeted at determining what models might represent the relation between stress, dispositional, social, and environmental and outcome behavior. I am especially interested in the role and nature of social support, family environment, and especially the role of appraisal and interpretation in the development of adaptive behavior.

I also do research on the influence of culture for the development of adjustment and maladjustment for children of color. Specifically, several projects address the role of ethnic identity and acculturation in the pro-social functioning for ethnic minority children. Future projects will address the needs and relevant issues for bi-racial children and methods to promote healthy functioning for the bi-racial population.

Finally, I have several projects addressing more minor areas of research such as - ethical behavior of therapists, development of cultural competence, evaluation of mentoring programs for children at-risk for school and home failure, and violence prevention.

Selected Publications

Jackson, Y., Kim, K., & Delap, C. (in press). Mediators of control beliefs, stressful life events, and behavioral outcome: The role of appraisal and social support. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Jackson, Y. (2005). Testing the compensatory and immunity models of children's adaptive behavior: The role of appraisal. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75, 369-380.

Jackson, Y., Sifers, S. K., Warren, J. S., & Velasquez, D. (2003). Family protective factors and behavioral outcome: The role of appraisal of family life events. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 11, 103-111.

Puddy, R. W., & Jackson, Y. (2003). The development of parenting skills in foster parent training. Child and Youth Care Forum, 25, 987-1013.

Jackson, Y. (2002) Exploring empirically supported treatment options for children: Making the case for the next generation of cultural research. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice., 9, 220-222.

Jackson, Y. (2002). Mentoring for delinquent children: An outcome study with young adolescent children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 31, 115-122.

Jackson, Y., Puddy, R. W., & Lazicki-Puddy, T. A. (2001). Ethical practices of play therapists: An outcome study. International Journal of Play Therapy, 10, 31-51.

Jackson, Y., Frick, P., & Dravage-Bush, J. (2000). Perceptions of control in children with externalizing and mixed behavior disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 31, 43-58.

Jackson, Y., & Warren, J. (2000). Appraisal, social support, and life events: Predicting outcome behavior in school-age children. Child Development, 71, 1441-1453.

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