Community of Practice

Vivian H. Jackson, Ph.D.

Vivian JacksonDr. 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. For over 13 years, she provided 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. Her current focus is the Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Jackson is a social worker with over 40 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. Previously, she served as Director of the Office of Policy and Practice at the National Association of Social Workers, where 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). Other publications include “Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Residential Programs: Why, What and How”, a chapter in Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families (Routledge Publishing), edited by Gary Blau, Beth Caldwell, and Robert Lieberman; and “Resilience for Leaders in Times of Change”, a chapter in The Leadership Equation (Brookes Publishing), edited by Gary Blau and Phyllis Magrab.

Dr. Jackson serves 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 the 2006 Indicators for the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice, and subsequently participated in the 2015 revision of 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 served as co-chair of the Diversity Interest Group for The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, and was a member of the Culture Consortium, Implementation Task Force and the National Advisory Board for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She currently serves on the United Church of Christ Potomac Association Racial Justice Working Group.

Dr. Jackson is the 2016 recipient of the King Davis Award for Leadership In Promoting Diversity and Reducing Disparities and the 2016 Centennial Alumni Award from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.

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