Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and MFT Clinical Training Coordinator
On Faculty since 2013
Ph.D., Human Development (emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy), Virginia Tech
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
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
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 with a view to designing systemic interventions aimed at promoting health and well-being in 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, rowing, hiking, and wrestling with my three 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 624: MFT Ethics and Professional Practice
- MAFT 633: Couple Therapy-Systemic Assessment and Intervention
- MAFT 645: Systemic Interventions with Children and Adolescents
- MAFT 655: Systemic Interventions with Special Populations
- MAFT 661-664: Personal and Professional Development Group
- MAFT 696 & 697: Clinical Pre-Practicum I & II
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- IAMFT Board of Directors (2015 - Present)
- International Family Therapy Association
- IFTA Board of Directors (2015-Present)
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
Johnson, J. (2016, April). Changing modalities after therapy has begun: Moving from individual to couple and family therapy. Seminar presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 24th annual World Family Therapy Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
Johnson, J. (2016, March). Scholarly writing in family therapy: A how-to guide for international academics and clinicians. Seminar presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 24th annual World Family Therapy Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
Johnson, J. (2015, March). Strategies for working with couples raising children on the autism spectrum. Seminar presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 23rd annual World Family Therapy Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Johnson, J. (2015, March). Writing for publication in marriage and family therapy. Seminar presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 23rd annual World Family Therapy Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Johnson, J. (2015, March). How couples raising children on the autism spectrum negotiate intimacy: A process model. Poster presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 23rd annual World Family Therapy Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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.
Johnson, J. (2016). [Review of the digital text An interactive guide to family therapy (2nd ed.) by R. Whiteside & F. E. Steinberg]. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 357-358. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12135