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Vivian H. Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Vivian H. Jackson is a member of the faculty of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. She provides technical assistance on cultural and linguistic competence for the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program funded by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. In addition, she serves in a similar function for the Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs Program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Jackson is a social worker with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, manager and trainer. The scope of her work has encompassed health, mental health, substance use disorders, child welfare, managed care, system reform and cultural and linguistic competency. One of her positions was as the Child Welfare Advisor to system of care communities with the National Resource Network for Children’s Mental Health at the Washington Business Group on Health. While Director of the Office of Policy and Practice at the National Association of Social Workers, she was responsible for several resources including Managed Care Resource Guide for Social Workers in Agency Settings (NASW Press).

Her passion about cultural competence led to a variety of speaking and training opportunities and to the publication of her edited book, Cultural Competence in Managed Behavioral Health Care (Manisses Communications). She is co-author of GettingStarted…Moving On: Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families (NCCC). She is co-author of “Resilience for Leaders in Times of Change”, a chapter in The Leadership Equation (Brookes Publishing), edited by Gary Blau and Phyllis Magrab.

Dr. Jackson served as a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. As a member of this committee, she helped develop Indicators for the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice. Also, she served on the NASW President’s Task Force on Diversity where she co-authored Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action. Currently, Dr. Jackson is a member of the Board for the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health.

Dr. Jackson received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and her MSW from Howard University School of Social Work.


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