Faculty Profile: Theopia Jackson

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Theopia Jackson

Theopia Jackson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, she is the assistant chair of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. At Children's Hospital, Dr. Jackson provides child, adolescent, and family therapy services; trains psychology students; and specializes in serving chronically ill populations. She received her master's degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC and a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California (member of the Cultural Accountability Committee), American Psychological Association, The Society for Humanistic Psychology (appointed to the Diversity Task Force), The Association of Black Psychologists (Co-Chair for Education and Training), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and board of directors for BayKids (www.BayKids.com). Additionally, Dr. Jackson provides effective cultural competency workshops/seminars and has been invited to participate in several national and local initiatives intended to establish integrative health care that is culturally attuned and linguistically responsive. Dr. Jackson is committed to serving children, adolescents and their families in diverse settings with special interest in the adaptability of western psychological theories and interventions in diverse multicultural contexts and healing practices. Although psychodynamically trained, family systems, humanistic perspectives, multiculturalism (Afrikan-centered theory), relational theory/feminist thinking and narrative approaches (social justice) inform her clinical practice. Most significantly, Dr. Jackson is a wife, mother of 3, oldest of 6 in a single-parent household and a life-long learner who believes that professional knowledge shapes and be shaped by community wisdom.


Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

  • The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 1992-1995
  • Degree: Ph.D. Major: Clinical Psychology
  • Dissertation: Family Matters: African american adolescents' psychosocial development and kinship relationships
  • Howard University, Washington, DC 1983-1986
  • Degree: MS Major: Clinical Psychology
  • Thesis: Relationship between depression and social skills in a college population
  • Association of Family Therapists of Northern California Postgraduate Training Program June 2005
  • Year-long intensive academic and experiential training, including case presentations/live consultations, utilizing various theories in working with couples and families from.

Current Projects and Professional Activities

I continue to supervise license-bound doctoral and MFT students, present trainings on working with children/adolescents/families in culturally informed ways, and teach at several local universities.

Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests

My area of inquiry includes diverse aspects of children/adolescent development within multiple contexts, like family, foster care, pediatric, juvenile and educational systems. I am very interested in operationalizing the value of 'participants as co-creators' and in designing studies that make the researcher's bias/motivations transparent and therefore contextual for the inquirey.

Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

For several Saybrook students, I have the pleasure in assising them in clarifying their clinical interest, settings for practice and indentifying internships.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling