Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Melissa Jackson is an Arkansas licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in child (age 8 – 12) and adolescent (age 13 – 24) populations. As a licensed psychologist for over 15 years, she has extensive experience as a therapist, evaluator, researcher, and supervisor. Dr. Jackson's services at Arkansas Families First include therapy via Telemedicine (i.e., computer-based sessions) or traditional office-based treatment; and evaluations for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (i.e., ADD), Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and behavioral disorders. With a history of over 10-years as a disability specialist, she also perform second-opinion disability evaluations for attorneys.

Good therapy begins with good data. Therefore, Dr. Jackson believes in a data-based approach to therapy, gathering data from psychological measures before developing a treatment plan. Although empirically validated treatment approaches is the golden standard, she also utilize eclectic treatment methods if this approach is best for your unique challenges.

Evaluation reports include recommendations for teachers, parents, therapists, and/or other treatment providers when necessary. The feedback session provides an opportunity for parents to review the results and ask questions before the final report is completed.

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  • Individual Therapy

  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Forensic Evaluations & Consultation
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Culturally Sensitive Treatment

  • Christian-Based Treatment

  • Premarital Counseling

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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)

Education

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    The 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.

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 Health28,257-258.

Honors

  • Ronald McNair Scholars Program, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - Financial and academic support for the preparation of graduate school. Program designed to assist women and minorities in obtaining graduate school placements.

  • Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) Fellowship - Doctoral Scholar. Tuition waiver, book payment, and financial support for five years during graduate school.

  • Research Awards - Departmental and Graduate School level awards for dissertation research.

  • State of Arkansas – Special recognition for educational accomplishments by a decree granted by the Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, on February 26, 2004. Appointed as an Arkansas Traveler, Ambassador of GoodWill from Arkansas. [Sponsor, Representative Calvin Johnson, Ph.D.] City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas –

  • Dutch King, Mayor of the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, proclaimed February 26, 2004 as Dr. Melissa Faye Jackson Day, for being the first Ronald McNair Scholar in the state to receive a doctorate.

  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology – 2008 Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship offered.

  • Alabama Disability Determination Services – State Appointed Medical Consultant (SAMC) Award 2012. Prior to moving to Arkansas, at which time I was referred to and employed by the Arkansas Disability Determination Services agency in Little Rock, AR. The SAMC award is given to the psychologist/medical doctor with the most votes from adjudicators who are supervised by the SAMCs.

  • Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care Services, North Little Rock, Arkansas– Superior Performance Award November 2015. Primary Care, Compensation & Pension (C&P) Monetary Award.

  • “Dr. Jackson is a conscientious and care [sic] examiner…integral in the unit achieving timeliness goals set by Central VA office, not only in initial claims but in assisting with reducing the backlog of claims over 1 and 2 years old…She had 546 encounters and less than 1% insufficient exams in FY15.” [NOTE: This reward notice has been placed in my permanent employee federal VA file].

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.

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  • 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)

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