Barbara J. Jackson, PhD

Barbara J. Jackson, PhDBarb Jackson, PhD

Professor, Emeritus
Department of Education and Child Development

Munroe-Meyer Institute
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska 68198-5450

Professional Summary

Dr. Jackson is an Emeritus Professor at the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI). She retired from MMI in 2021 as the Director of the Department of Education and Child Development where she was the primary investigator for multiple federal, regional and state funded projects that focused on: national literacy and parent education, newborn screening, mental health consultation in child care settings, school-based early childhood, and home visitation. These evaluation studies provided a diverse array of data that has been used to improve practices, as well as, opportunities for translational research.

Dr. Jackson worked in the field of early intervention for more than 40 years, specializing in working with infants with chronic illness and disabilities. One of her many accomplishments was directing a statewide clinical outcome project, Developmental TIPS (Tracking Infant Progress Statewide), which is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit follow-up project initiated in 2000 that has since provided a rich basis for translational research related to premature infants. Her clinical expertise was in assessments of young children, provision of evidenced-based interventions in home-based and hospital settings, family-centered practices and supporting parent-child interactions.