Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Melissa F. Jackson, Ph.D. is an Arkansas licensed clinical psychologist contracting with Arkansas Families First LLC. Dr. Jackson provides psychological evaluations, educational evaluations, court-related forensic assessments, and therapy. She treats patients ranging from age 6 to young adulthood and provides psychological evaluations for individuals of all ages. Previously, Dr. Jackson worked at the University of Alabama as the Psychology Clinic Director, which required her to train graduate students’ psychological evaluations.

  • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Forensic Evaluations & Consultation
  • Educational Evaluation

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Education

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Alabama), University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychology Training Consortium, Clinical Psychology, Predoctoral Intern, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, August 2002 - August 2003

  • The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, August 2003. Dissertation: Social Cognitive Variables Associated with Educational Aspirations, Motivation, and Risky Behaviors

  • The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology, May 2000, Thesis: Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use Among Rural African-American Females: An Application of Health Belief Models

  • The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Graduated May 1998, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

RESEARCH

  • 2006-2009. Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems (CPYBP), The University of Alabama, Lochman Lab, Psychology Department, Grant writing assistance; writing journal articles; professional presentations; server as lead to research workgroups. Continue to be a part of the Center and am able to continue research when adequate.
  • 2003-2006. Research Coordinator, The University of Alabama, Lochman Lab, Psychology Department. Duties included writing and presenting professional literature, group leadership in a school-based therapy program (“Coping Power”), and grant-writing/research group-management training.  NIDA, CDC, DOJ, and other national grants were awarded to work on youth violence, youth substance abuse, and other youth behavior problems.
  • 2000-2001. Dissertation Research. "Social Cognitive Variables Associated with Educational Aspirations, Motivation, and Risky Behaviors”. Statistical analyses included mediator/moderator testing with the regression model technique. Structural Equation Modeling technique was also explored during the process.
  • 1998-1999.Thesis Research. "Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use Among Rural African-American Females: An Application of Health Belief Models". Statistical analyses included regression analysis, odds ratio, and correlation.
  • 1997-1998. National Center for Toxicological Research Jefferson, Arkansas. Student intern. Duties included behavioral assessments of Sprague Dawley rats, assisting in brain dissections, organizing data, and computing simple statistics, such as mean body weights, etc. Supervisor -Dr. Sherry Ferguson.

LICENSURE

  • Licensed in the State of Alabama as a Clinical Psychologist, November 2004 – October 30, 2012, AL License #1311
  • Licensed in the State of Arkansas as a Clinical Psychologist, Obtained July 20, 2012, AR License #12-19P (current and maintained since 7/2012)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Powell, N., Lochman, J.E., Jackson, M.F., Young, L., & Yaros, A. (in press). Assessment of conduct disorders. Matson, F. Andrasik, & M. L. Matson (Eds.), Assessing Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities. New York: Springer Publishing.

  • Lochman, J.E., Boxmeyer, C.L., & Jackson, M.L. (2007). School-based intervention for  youth antisocial behavior. In S. Evans, M.D. Weist, & Z. Serpell (Eds.), Advances in school-based mental health interventions: Best practices and program models, Volume 2 (pp.11.1-11.16). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

  • Jackson, M.F., Barth, J., Powell, N., & Lochman, J.E. (2006). Classroom Contextual Effects of Race on Children’s Peer Nominations. Child Development, 77, 1325-1337.

  • Lochman, J. E., Palardy, N. R., Jackson, M. F., & Mager, W. (2006).  Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for conduct disorder.  In:  W. M. Nelson, A. J. Finch, & K. J. Hart (Eds.), Comparative Treatment of Conduct Disorder.  New York: Springer Publishing.

  • Jackson, M.F., Allen, R. S., Boothe, A. B., Nava, M. L., & Coates, A. (2005). Innovative Analyses and Interventions in the Treatment of Selective Mutism. Clinical Case Studies, 4, 81-112.

  • Greening, L., Stoppelbein, L., & Jackson, M. (2001). Health education in adolescent pregnancy. Journal of Adolescent Health, 28, 257-258.

Speaking and Presentations

  • Ritchwood, T.D., & Jackson, M.F. (2008). “The Impact of Risky Behaviors, Home Environment, and Social-Cognitive Variables on African- American High School Student’s Educational Aspirations.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the National Black Graduate Student Association, Chicago, IL
  • Jackson, M.F., Barth, J., & Ritchwood, T.D. (2008). A comparison of school-based treatments for test anxiety. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.
  • Ritchwood, T.D., Jackson, M.F., Barth, J., & Davis, T. (2008). Enough! Impact of teacher and parental pressure on test anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Southeastern Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.
  • Ritchwood, T.D., & Jackson, M.F. (2008). “The Impact of Risky Behaviors, Home Environment, and Social-Cognitive Variables on African- American High School Student’s Educational Aspirations.” Poster presented at the annual meeting for the National Black Graduate Student Association, Chicago, IL
  • Powell, N.R., Barth, J., Jackson, M.F., & Lochman, J.E. (2005). Teacher Race, Student Race, and Students’ Ratings of Peer Social Status. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, April 10th 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Jackson, M.F., Powell, N.R., Deming, A., & Lochman, J.E. (2005). The Relation of Anxiety Profiles to Gender, Life Stressors, Parental Factors, and Social Cognitive Processes in Aggressive Children. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, April 9th 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Jackson, M.F. (2005). Gender Differences in Cognitive Variables’ Relation to Educational Aspirations in African-American High School Students. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, April 8th 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Barth, J., Jackson, M.F., Powell, N.R., & Lochman, J.E. (2005). Contextual Effects of Race on Children’s Peer Ratings. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, April 7th 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Lochman, J.E., Palardy, N., & Jackson, M.F. (2004). Effects of Co-occurring Anxiety on Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Children. Symposium (Chair: Dr. Tom Ollendick) presented at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, November 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Lochman, J.E., Jackson, M.F., Adler, K., & Palardy, N. (2004). An effectiveness study of the Coping Power preventive intervention program. Poster presented at the Comprehensive Youth Violence Center colloquia 2004.
  • Jackson, M. F., Chaplin, W. F. (2004). Cognitive Variables’ Influence on 
  • Educational Achievement and Efficacy in African-American High School Students. Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, April 22nd 2004 in Washington DC.
  • Jackson, M.F. (2003). Modifying children’s behavior to enhance the educational process. Invited colloquium presentation at The University of Alabama December 2003.
  • Jackson, M.F., & Allen, R.S. (2001). Innovative Analyses and Interventions in the Treatment of Selective Mutism. Poster presented at the International Conference for the Association for Behavior Analysis, November 2001 in Venice, Italy.
  • Jackson, M.F., & Ferguson, S.A. Dexamethasone (DEX) on postnatal day (PD) seven results in delayed development, increased social behavior, and environment-specific hypoactivity. Poster Presentation, National Center for Toxicological Research. (1997, June).
  • Jackson, M.F. When they can't "just say no": A test for co-dependency in teen mothers. Fourth Annual Arkansas Undergraduate Research Conference. (1997, May)
  • Jackson, M. F. Growing apathy in voting: A survey of high school and college students. McNair Symposium. (1997, May)

About Us

Arkansas Families First is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care group that offers a variety of health services for children, teens and families in Central Arkansas. Our group of independently practicing providers strive to provide the best, most comprehensive care that modern psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and other disciplines have to offer.

Mission

Arkansas Families First is devoted to unlocking the full potential of children and families. We utilize the latest research and the most skilled providers in the service of improving people’s lives. We strive to empower parents and to integrate multiple disciplines in the building of strong families and healthy children.

Our Promise

We take a strengths-based approach utilizing the latest evidence-based treatments and include parents in all aspects of treatment and assessment. We'll find the service and the provider that best fits your family. With our growing list of clinicians, if you are not satisfied with your provider or services will help you make the necessary changes.