Program Chair
Saybrook University


Theopia Jackson, Ph.D. has held several leadership roles in higher education and is currently the Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University in Oakland, California. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with medical privileges at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland; she practiced in the Healthy Hearts program, Department of Psychiatry, and Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Dr. Jackson is the 2017 – 2019 President-Elect for The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc. (ABPsi). Her other professional affiliations include membership in the American Psychological Association (Division 32 Society for Humanistic Psychology: Member-at-Large), California Psychological Association (Chair: Division VII Diversity and Social Justice; Member: CARE Committee), Association of Family Therapists of Northern California (co-founding member of the Cultural Accountability Committee), and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Additionally, she serves on the medical advisory council for the Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council (SCCAC). Dr. Jackson has a long history of providing child, adolescent, and family therapy services, specializing in serving populations coping with chronic illness and complex trauma. She is an accomplished scholar-practitioner and educator who has been invited to participate in several national and local California initiatives intended to establish integrative health care that is culturally-attuned and linguistically responsive. Dr. Jackson is a life-learner who believes that professional knowledge both shapes and is shaped by community wisdom. She and her husband of 30+ years are the proud parents of three children, her best teachers. Honoring culturally-centered spiritual healing of creativity and resiliency, Dr. Jackson espouses: “What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him [or her] to learn.” ~African proverb

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