Yolanda Jackson, Ph.D.

Yolanda Jackson, Ph.D.

Yolanda Jackson

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.

Senior Scientist,

Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychology, University of Alabama, 1995
M.A., Clinical Child Psychology, University of Alabama, 1993
B.S., Psychology, Valparaiso University, 1990

Contact Information


1000 Sunnyside Avenue
2013 Dole Human Development Center
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7555


Research Interests

Dr. Jackson's research is focused on the nature of the resiliency process for children exposed to stress and trauma. Her interests are inclusive of all kinds of trauma - however, Dr. Jackson has several projects specific to the needs of children exposed to abuse and maltreatment. Her 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. Dr. Jackson is 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.

Dr. Jackson also does 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, Dr. Jackson has 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.


Gabrielli J, Jackson Y, Brown S. Associations between maltreatment history and severity of substance use behavior in youth in foster care. Child maltreatment. 2016 Nov;21(4):298-307.

Vossoughi N, Jackson Y, Gusler S, Stone K. Mental Health Outcomes for Youth Living in Refugee Camps A Review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. 2016 Oct 11:1524838016673602.

Gabrielli J, Jackson Y, Tunno AM, Hambrick EP. The blind men and the elephant: Identification of a latent maltreatment construct for youth in foster care. Child abuse & neglect. 2017 Feb 26;67:98.

Huffhines L, Tunno AM, Cho B, Hambrick EP, Campos I, Lichty B, Jackson Y. Case file coding of child maltreatment: Methods, challenges, and innovations in a longitudinal project of youth in foster care. Children and youth services review. 2016 Aug 31;67:254-62.

Cho B, Jackson Y. Self-reported and case file maltreatment: relations to psychosocial outcomes for youth in foster care. Children and youth services review. 2016 Oct 31;69:241-7.

Stokes LD, Jackson Y. Measurement of the Role of Cognitive Appraisals in Youth Exposure to Community Violence and Psychological Adjustment. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. 2016 Dec 1;9(4):315-27.