Yo Jackson is a clinical child psychologist and currently a Professor of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science. Dr. Jackson is the author or co-author of many highly cited papers and chapters in her areas of study—the impact of trauma on youth mental health and children's risk and resilience. Her empirical work is supported by numerous grants and research contracts, including an R01 from the National Institutes of Mental Health. Jackson serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. Dr. Jackson serves on the Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53 of APA), and serves on the Board of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Section on Child Maltreatment). Dr. Jackson has received University accolades for her teaching and mentoring, including the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence (2005) the Kemper Foundation Teaching Award (2004), and the Byrd Graduate Educator award (2016).
- Developmental psychopathology
- Assessment of children and families
- Diversity in clinical psychology
Dr. Jackson's research focuses on how children adapt to stress and trauma and the development of the resilience process in youth. She is especially interested in identifying the role of protective factors in children and how these might mediate the impact of stress. Dr. Jackson's research also focuses on how exposure to child maltreatment impacts development and adjustment over time. Another area of interest is investigating how cultural differences impact the psychological development of minority children.