Vivian Jackson, MSW, PhD

Georgetown UCEDD
Center for Child and Human Development
Georgetown University
3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Suite 3300
Mailing address Box 571485
Washington, DC 20057-1485
Phone: 202-687-5450
Secondary Phone: 301-775-4327
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: July 11, 2018

Vivian Jackson

Primary Activity Coordinators: Cultural Diversity
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Senior Policy Associate
Discipline(s): Social Work
Individual & Family Therapy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Mental Health, Cultural Competence
Education: Social Work
Service: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Other Human Service Fields,
Individual and Family Therapy, Cultural and Linguistic Competence



Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1968; BA - Socialogy

Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC, 1971; MSW - Direct Practice

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, OH; 2008; Ph.D. - Social Welfare


Mandel Leadership Fellowship, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University 1999-2001

King Davis Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity and Reducing Disparities, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, 2016


2010- 2015 - National Board, National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health (volunteer)

2004- 2008, 2015-2018 - National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC (Volunteer)

2003 - Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Policy Associate, Research Faculty National Center for Cultural Competence, Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC. Provide training and technical assistance to SAMHSA funded children's mental health system of care communities on cultural and linguistic competence. Provides training and techncal assistance to AIDD funded programs related to cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence.

1996 - 2004 Principal, Jackson and Jackson Mental Health and Addictions Consultants, Inc., Mitchellville, MD. Training and consultation on system reform, managed care and cultural competence in mental health, substance abuse and other human service fields.

1998 - 1999 Senior Child Welfare Advisor, National Resource Network for Child and Family Mental Health, Washington Business Group on Health, Washington, DC. Training and technical assistance to SAMHSA funded children's mental health system of care communities on child mental health and child welfare.

1998 - 1998 Therapist, MPG Psych Partners, Washington, DC. Individual and family therapy.

1998 - 1998 Adjunct Faculty, Gallaudet, University, Washington, DC. Taught course in social work program on managed care

1989 - 1997 Director, Office of Policy and Practice (94-97), Clinical Social Work Associate (89-94), National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC. Directed 16 person staff that served as the national content experts for the fields social work practice to promote improved practice and address social policy to advance the issues of the profession's constituency and the social work profession

1982 - 1993 Therapist, Private Practice, Washington, DC. Individual and family therapy.

1979 - 1982 Therapist, Professional Associates, Washington, DC Individual and family therapy.

1978 - 1987 Senior Social Worker (80-87), Social Worker (78-80), Psychiatric Institutes of Washington, DC, Washington, DC. Individual, family, group therapy and discharge planning.

1975 - 1978 Faculty, Group Studies, Inc., Washington, DC. Taught and supervised group work.

1974 - 1978 Social Services Coordinator, Community Group Health Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC. Managed social and mental health services in a community health center located in a multiethnic community.

1974 - 1976 Group Therapist, Lutheran Social Services, Washington, DC

1971 - 1974 Medical Social Worker and Faculty, Howard University Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Washington, DC. Created the social work program in this department and instituted a group work program.


Jackson, V. (2018). The role of cultural competence in trauma-informed agencies and services. In V. Strand & G. Sprang (Eds.) Trauma responsive child welfare systems. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Goode, T., Bronheim, S.,& Jackson, V. (2010). The essential role of cultural competency in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities in the African American community. In Jack, L. (Ed)  Diabetes in Black America: Public health soultions to a national crisis. Hilton Publishing Co.

Goode, T. & Jackson, V. (2003). Getting Started...Moving On...Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families: Implications for Systems of Care. Washington, DC: National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown. University Center for Child and Human Development.

Jackson, V. (2002). Cultural Competency. Behavioral Health Management 22(March/April), 20-24.

McCarthy, J. Meyers, J. and Jackson, V. (1999).The Adoption and Safe Families Act: Exploring the Opportunity for Collaboration between Child Mental Health and Child Welfare Service Systems. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Child Development Center and the Washington Business Group on Health.

Jackson, V., McCullough, C. and McCarthy, J. (2000). "Managed Care and Child Welfare Practitioner Training Needs." In Peebles-Wilkins &Veeder (Eds.), Managed Care Services: Policy, Programs and Research. Oxford University Press.

Jackson,V. & Lopez, L. Eds.(1999). Cultural Competency in Managed Behavioral Healthcare. Providence, RI: Manissess Communications.

Jackson, V. (1999). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Should Social Workers Develop Them? Research on Social Work Practice 9(3), 331-337.

Winarski, J. Cohen, M., Jackson, V. et al. (1998). Issues affecting clinical practice in an era of managed behavioral health care. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 85(1), 101-113.

Jackson, V. (1997). "An introduction to managed behavioral healthcare" in Managed Health Care: A Compendium of Resources for Elected Officials. Washington, DC.: The National Caucus of State Legislators and Summit health Coalition. 1997

Jackson, V. Ed. (1996). Managed Care Resource Guide: For Social Workers in Private Practice. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Jackson, V. (1996). Behavioral managed care: A social work perspective. Behavioral Practice Management, (Nov/Dec) 22-23.

Jackson, V. (1996). Dialogue: Should Unlicensed Providers be included in privatized delivery systems for public beneficiaries? Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow (April).

Jackson, V. (1996).Collaboration: an opportunity to enhance patient care, Psychiatric News, March 15, 1996

Jackson, V. (1995). What is a ‘good' outcome? The Behavioral Health Practice Advisor, (May)