Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and MFT Training Coordinator
On Faculty since 2013
Ph.D., Human Development (emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy), Virginia Tech
Marriage and Family Therapy Resident, Marriage and Family Counseling Service, Rock Island, IL
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
B.A., Spanish Studies and B.A., Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Licensure and Certification
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Illinois--#166.000941
About Jake Johnson
My professional passions lie in researching and providing therapy for families of children with developmental delays and, in particular, autism spectrum disorders. More specifically, I am interested in better understanding the issues germane to caring for developmentally disabled children in order to design systemic interventions tailored to promote health and alleviate suffering among these families. I am also very interested in training and mentoring Wheaton College marriage and family therapy students to consider the ways in which their Christian beliefs and the practice of marriage and family therapy both intersect and conflict with one another.
In my personal time, I enjoy running, road biking, and wrestling with my two young boys as well as finding time to explore local restaurants with my wife. I have also been known to make the mistake of dabbling in home improvement projects well beyond my capacity to complete.
- MAFT 633: Couple Therapy-Systemic Assessment and Intervention
- MAFT 645: Systemic Interventions with Children and Adolescents
- MAFT 655: Systemic Interventions with Special Populations
- MAFT 696: Pre-Practicum
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
My research interests include couple and family issues related to raising children with developmental disabilities, and training and supervision of marriage and family therapists. My current research relates to how couples raising children on the autism spectrum negotiate intimacy — including what can either foster or inhibit commitment, closeness, and reciprocity among these couples.
Publications and Presentations
Piercy, F. P., Glass, V., Johnson, J., Bigby, B., Bao, A., & Austin, J. (2013). What family therapists can learn from stand-up comics and those who heckle them. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24, 110-128. doi: 10.1080/08975353.2013.792706
Johnson, J. (2012). Treating couples raising children on the autism spectrum: A marriage-friendly approach. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 555-565. doi: 10.1007/s10591-012-9213-7
Johnson, J. (2012). Using externalization as a means to regulate emotion in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 23, 163-168. doi: 10.1080/08975353.2012.679906
Jaramillo Sierra, A. L., Johnson, J., Kennington, M. V., Chen, J., Cox, N., Brown, T., & Arditti, J. A. (2012, February). Project ENGAGE: Sustainable parent education for internally displaced families in Altos de Cazucá, Colombia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Quint State Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development, Blacksburg, VA.
Jaramillo Sierra, A. L., Johnson, J., Kennington, M. V., Chen, J., Cox, N., Brown, T., & Arditti, J. A. (2012, January). Developing a parent training program for internally displaced families in Soacha, Colombia. Paper presented at the inaugural Human Rights Forum, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.
Piercy, F. P., Glass, V., Johnson, J., Bigby, B., Bao, A., & Austin, J. (2011, April). What family therapists can learn from stand-up comics and those who heckle them. Paper presented at "Brown Bag Lunch" seminar hosted by the Department of Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.