Barbara J. Jackson, PhD

Barbara J. Jackson, PhD
Department of Education and Child Development
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-5765

Professional Summary:

Dr. Jackson is the Director of the Department of Education and Child Development and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation (ICPE) at MMI. She is an Associate Professor at Munroe-Meyer Institute and Pediatrics at UNMC. Dr. Jackson has 30 years experience in early childhood education. Dr. Jackson is the primary investigator/program evaluator for multiple regional, state funded projects, including mental health consultation family support projects, a New Born Screening and Genetics Regional Collaborative funded by HRSA, and statewide early childhood programs. In her role as an evaluation consultant she has experience with a variety of assessment measures that can effectively measure early childhood environments and child and family outcomes. She serves as a national consultant on the Early Childhood Outcomes project which supports states in their early childhood outcomes accountability process for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).


PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1996
MS, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1978
BA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1973

Courses Taught:

Medically Fragile Infant
Independent Research Study Projects

Research Interest and Projects:

Dr. Jackson’s primary area of research during the past 10 years is the investigation of the short and long term developmental outcomes of infants with an NICU experience. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications related to young children’s literacy skills and the developmental outcomes for premature infants.

  • Building Bright Futures: Early Childhood Services Evaluation
  • Building Bright Futures: Teen Parent Program Evaluation

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Evaluation Association
  • Division of Early Childhood: Council of Exceptional Children