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Jake Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and MFT Clinical Training Coordinator

On Faculty since 2013
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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 design 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 four 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.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Illinois, #166.000941

Approved Supervisor
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, (AAMFT)

Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Human Development (emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy)

Northwestern University
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Minnesota
B.A., Spanish Studies

University of Minnesota
B.A., Global Studies

  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Integration of Family Therapy and Christianity
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • International Family Therapy Association: Board of Directors (2015-Present)

Johnson, J., & Hiebert, W. J. | Resurrecting co-therapy: Considerations for engaging in therapeutic partnerships
Seminar presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 25th annual World Family Therapy Conference, Málaga, Spain, March 2017

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, April 2016

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, March 2016

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, March 2015

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, March 2015

  • 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

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.

Exploring partner intimacy among couples raising children on the autism spectrum: A ground theory investigation, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Johnson, J., & Piercy, F. P., 2017

What family therapists can learn from stand-up comics and those who heckle them, Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Piercy, F. P., Glass, V., Johnson, J., Bigby, B., Bao, A., & Austin, J., 2013

Treating couples raising children on the autism spectrum: A marriage-friendly approach, Contemporary Family Therapy
Johnson, J., 2012

Using externalization as a means to regulate emotion in children with autism spectrum disorders, Journal of Family Psychotherapy
Johnson, J., 2012