Yo Jackson

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology, Life Span Institute
Professor and Senior Scientist
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2013
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555

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).


Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, The University of Alabama

M.A., Clinical Child Psychology, The University of Alabama

B.S., Psychology, Valparaiso University

Teaching Interests

  • 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.

Selected Publications

Gabrielli, J., Jackson, Y., & Brown, S. (2015). Measurement of behavioral and emotional outcomes of youth in foster care: Investigation of the roles of age and placement type. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37(3).

Kanine, R., Jackson, Y., Tunno, A., & O'Connor, B. (2015). Therapeutic Day Treatment for Young Maltreated Children: A Systematic Literature Review . Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. DOI:10.1007/s40653-015-0053-0

Jackson, Y., Cushing, C. C., Gabrielli, J., Fleming, K., O'Connor, B. M, & Huffhines, L. (2015). Child Maltreatment, Trauma, and Physical Health Outcomes: The Role of Abuse Type and Placement Moves on Health Conditions and Service Use for Youth in Foster Care . Journal of Pediatric Psychology. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv066

Stokes, L., & Jackson, Y. (2014). Community violence and psychological adjustment in youth: Role of emotional-social intelligence. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 7(1), 17-26. DOI:10.1007/s40653-014-0006-z

Jackson, Y., Gabrielli, J., Fleming, K., Tunno, A., & Makanui, P. K. (2014). Untangling the relative contribution of maltreatment severity and frequency to type of behavioral outcome in foster youth. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38(7), 1147-1159. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.01.008

Hambrick, E., Gabrielli, J., Tunno, A., & Jackson, Y. (2014). Using multiple informants to assess child maltreatment: Concordance between case file and youth self-report. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 23(7), 751-771. DOI:10.1080/10926771.2014.933463

Leffler, J. M., Jackson, Y., West, A. E., McCarty, C. A., & Atkins, M. S. (2013). Training in evidence-based practice across the professional continuum. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(1), 20-28. DOI:10.1037/a0029241

Jackson, Y., Wu, Y., Aylward, B., & Roberts, M. C. (2012). Application of the competency cube model to clinical child psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(5), 432-441. DOI:10.1037/a0030007

Jackson, Y., Gabrielli, J., Tunno, A., & Hambrick, E. (2012). Strategies for longitudinal research with youth in foster care: A demonstration of methods, barriers, and innovations. Child Youth Services Review, 34(7), 1208-1213. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.02.007

Selected Presentations

Huffhines, L., Jackson, Y., Cushing, C., Gabrielli, J., Fleming, K. & Cho, B. (12/31/2015). The role of maltreatment on physical health conditions for youth in foster care. APA Convention. Toronto, Canada

Huffhines, L., Stone, K., Jackson, Y., Gabrielli, J. & Cho, B. (12/31/2015). The Role of Placement Type on Coping for Youth in Foster Care . International Society on Stress and Trauma. New Orleans

Selected Grants

Jackson, Y., National Institute of Mental Health RO1, $1,700,000, (01/01/2009 - 12/31/2015) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Jackson, Yolanda, (Principal), Effects of Early Childhood Maltreatment and Outcomes Outpatient and Day Treatment, The Children's Place, Inc., $25,000, (01/01/2013 - 12/31/2014) . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

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