Associate Professor

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Office: 340J MCKB

Teaching Interests

Philosophy and Theories of Counseling

Career Counseling

Qualitative Research

Research Interests

Philosophy and theory of psychotherapy

Values in psychotherapy

Academic and Career Development among Native Americans

Qualitative research methods


Eliza R. Snow Research Award

2009 - 2010

Selected Publications

Indigenous Women College Students' Perspectives of College, Work, and Family (2014)

Authors: Bingham, Jennie L; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Adolpho, Quintina ; Alexitch, Louise

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

City: Baltimore, MD

Country: United States

Volume: 55

Issue: 6

Page Numbers: 615-631

ISSN: 0897-5264

URL: muse.jhu.edu

Editors: John M. Braxton

Value conflicts in psychotherapy (2013)

Authors: Jackson, Aaron Paul; Hansen, Jamie; Cook-Ly, Juliann

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Country: USA

Volume: 35

Page Numbers: 6-15

Career dilemmas among Diné (Navajo) college graduates: An exploration of the Dinétah (Navajo Nation) brain drain (2013)

Authors: McKenzie, James; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Yazzie, Robert; Smith, Steven Arthur; Crotty, Amber; Baum, Donny; Denny, A; Eldridge, Dana

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Country: Canada

Volume: 4

Issue: 4

URL: ir.lib.uwo.ca/iipj/vol4/iss4/5

Abstract: click to view

Like many Indigenous nations, the Navajo Nation has worked to develop its human and economic potential. It has provided scholarships and other supports to enable its members to pursue post-secondary education. However, relatively few of these college-educated members return to the reservation to contribute directly to its development. This phenomenon has been termed a brain drain. This study explored the experiences of 28 college-educated Navajos who, while raised on the reservation, were living off the reservation after completing their post-secondary education. Participants indicated a number of factors that went into their decision to live off the reservation. These included: Ké’: Relationships/Connections to Family, Culture, Homeland, People; Iiná: Lifestyle/Lifeway, Desirable Setting, Learned Work Ethic, Social Atmosphere, Togetherness (Diné) vs. Individualism (Mainstream); Bee ach’į’ na’hwii’ná: Resources and Roadblocks to Making a Life, Infrastructure, Services, The “System”; Bee ajit’9: Opportunity, Prosperity and Personal Improvement, Education, Extracurricular, Job Availability, Work Experience.

Toward An Edifying View of Critical Thinking in Applied Psychology (2012)

Authors: Yanchar, Stephen C; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Hansen, Kristen; Hansen, Jamie

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: AMCAP

City: Salt lake City

Country: USA

Volume: 34

Page Numbers: 69-80

Handouts and resources to support Utah’s parents in preventing adolescent suicide (2012)

Authors: Whicker, Jenni; Heath, Melissa Ann; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Fox, Charles Jay; Bledsoe, Cathy; Hudnall, Greg

Publication Type: Magazine Article

Publisher: Utah Association of School Psychologists

City: SLC, UT

Country: USA

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Page Numbers: 12-26

Abstract: click to view

As part of Utah’s state-wide Youth Suicide Prevention Manual, parent handouts offer an invitation to increase parent involvement and home/school collaboration. Information from a variety of resources was synthesized into handouts that schools can provide to parents (see handouts provided in the Appendix). These handouts include information regarding adolescent suicide, warning signs, steps parents can take if suicidal ideation or planning is suspected, and community resources available for parents and adolescents. Developed as part of home/school collaborative suicide prevention efforts, these handouts will be made available in Utah’s Youth Suicide Prevention Manual. School districts are encouraged to consider their schools’ needs and to modify these handouts as needed to fit their community’s and families’ needs.

Law, authority and love (2010)

Authors: Jackson, Aaron Paul

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library

City: Provo, UT

Country: USA

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Page Numbers: 11-12

URL: ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/IssuesInReligionAndPsychotherapy/issue/view/149

Editors: Rachel E. Crook Lyon

Special education faculty perceptions of participating in a culturally responsive professional development program (2010)

Authors: Devereaux, Temma; Prater, Mary Anne; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Heath, Melissa Ann; Carter, Nari

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Page Numbers: 263-278

Abstract: click to view

Special education faculty member (n-12) from a large Western university participated in a four-year professional development program centered on increasing their cultural responsiveness. During the fourth year the primary investigator interviewed faculty members regarding their perceptions and the impact of the program. Each interview was audiotaped, transcribed, and analyzed using the inductive analysis design for qualitative research (Hatch, 2002). Faculty expressed likes and dislikes of the program and provided suggestions for future professional development. Other results that emerged included that time was a barrier, that leaving campus facilitated learning, and that collaboration enhanced learning. Faculty reported that the professional development made them self-reflect, change practice and attitudes, adjust their perceptions of diverse students, and alter professional interactions. Faculty also expressed personal conflicts as a result of these activities.

Effective counseling with American Indian college students: Counselors' perspectives (2010)

Authors: Jackson, Aaron Paul; Smith, Steven Arthur; Beecher, Mark E; Hoffman, L.; Adolpho, Q.; Fleischer, C.

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Center for Indian Education of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University

City: Tempe, AZ

Country: U.S.A.

Volume: 49

Issue: 1-2

Page Numbers: 107-124

Abstract: click to view

American Indian college students often face multiple challenges that might be helped by counseling. However, these students are the least likely to take advantage of counseling services. In order to understand how to improve counseling services for this group, qualitative interviews were conducted with 16 practicing college counselors who have considerable experience working with American Indian students. The themes generated from the analysis include recommendations for both institutions and individual counselors.

The Need for a Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity (2009)

Authors: Mintz, Laurie; Jackson, Aaron Paul; Neville, Helen; Illfelder-Kaye, Joyce; Winterowd, Carrie; Loewy, Michael

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Sage

City: Thousand Oaks, CA

Country: USA

Volume: 37

Page Numbers: 644-675

URL: tcp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/37/5/644

Abstract: click to view

We articulate the need for a Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity (henceforth called ?Values Statement?). We discuss the historic unwillingness of the field to address values in a sophisticated or complex way, and highlight the increasingly common training scenario in which trainees state that certain professional requirements are in conflict with their personal values. We explain that the Values Statement grew out of trainers? expressed need for guidance in dealing with these complex and often emotionally-charged value clashes in training. We explain how the Values Statement can assist training programs to (a) clearly articulate the professions? diversity-related values, (b) connect individual and professional values to societal value structures that either reinforce or challenge systems of oppression; and (c) help students to develop the philosophical sophistication to reconcile their personal values and the professions? values. Overall, we explicate that the Values Statement is needed to assists trainees to comprehend and perform required diversity-related professional behaviors.