Jackie Williams-Reade, PhD, MS

Professor, Counseling and Family Sciences

Contact Information

Email jwilliamsreade@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-4547, ext. 47025

Department of Counseling and Family Sciences
Loma Linda University, Griggs Hall, Office 207
11065 Campus St., Loma Linda, CA  92350


  • PhD, Medical Family Therapy - East Carolina University, 2011
  • MS, Marriage Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University, 2005

Areas of Specialization

  • Medical family therapy
  • Adult and pediatric illness
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Maternal mental health
  • Burnout
  • Grief and loss
  • Qualitative research
  • Women's professional development in academia

Professional Licenses and Memberships

  • Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA)

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • 2021. Lamson, A., Hodgson, J., Pratt, K., Mendenhall, T. Wong, A., Sesemann, E., Brown, B., Taylor, E., Williams-Reade, J., Blocker, D., Harsh Caspari, J., Zubatsky, M., Martin, M., (2022). Couple and family interventions for high mortality health conditions: A strategic review (2010–2019), Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
  • 2020. Zubatsky, M. and Williams-Reade, J. (Eds.). Self of the Therapist in Medical Settings: A Sociocultural and Systemic Perspective. Springer.
  • 2020. Williams-Reade, J. Collaborating with Physicians. In Grauf-Grounds, C., Schermer Sellers, T., Edwards, S., Cheon, H., MacDonald, D. & Whitney, S. (Eds.) A Practice Beyond Cultural Humility: How clinicians can work more effectively in a diverse world. Routledge. 
  • 2020. Williams-Reade, J. Tapanes, D., Distelberg, B., & Montgomery, S. "Pediatric Chronic Illness Management: A Qualitative Dyadic Analysis of Adolescent Patient and Parent Illness Narratives." Journal of Martial and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12377.
  • 2019. Williams-Reade, J., Lobo, E., & Gutierrez, G. "Integrating Spirituality into MFT Training: A Reflexive Curriculum and Qualitative Evaluation." Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, doi: 10.1111/jmft.12314.


  • 2023. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Systemic Family Therapy Conference (virtual)
    • "Learning Lab: Integrating Spirituality into Clinical Work," Williams-Reade, J.
    • "Expert Hour, Everything You Wanted to Know About PhD Programs," Williams-Reade, J. and Jonathan, N.
  • 2023. Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ. "Young Couples and Sickle Cell Disease: Understanding the Shared Illness Experience," Huelett, B., Williams-Reade, J., Lister, Z. (accepted, not presented)
  • 2023. Inaugural Medical Family Therapy Summit, Phoenix, AZ. "MedFT Workforce Development," Delbridge, E. and Williams-Reade, J.
  • 2022. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. "JMFT Decade in Review: Live Discussion." Facebook Live Event. Moderators: Wittenborn, A. and Holtrop, K. Panelists: Dwanyen, L., Williams Reade, J., Taylor, E.S., Kelly, L., and Wittenborn, A.
  • 2021. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Systemic Family Therapy Conference. Lamson, A, Hodgson, J. Pratt, K., Mendenhall, T., Wong, A., Sesemann, E., Brown, B., Taylor, E., Williams-Reade, J., Blocker, D., Caspari, J., Zubatsky, M., & Martin, M. "Until Death do We Part: Couple and Family Interventions for High Mortality Health Conditions."
  • 2021. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Hsieh, N., Cafferky, B., Williams-Reade, J., Ing, K., ChenFeng, J., Lister, Z. "Bicultural Identity Negotiation and Shame Resilience in Chinese-Americans."
  • 2020. American Association of Marital and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Williams-Reade, J., Caspari, J., George, D., & Mendenhall, T. "Family Therapists in Healthcare: Family Therapy in the Time of Coronavirus: A Panel Discussion."
  • 2020. NVivo Virtual Conference, QSR International (Americas) Inc. Williams-Reade, J. "Parent-Child Illness Narratives: A Dyadic Grounded Theory Analysis."
  • 2020. The Qualitative Report Annual Conference, Plantation, FL. Williams-Reade, J. "Parent-Child Illness Narratives: A Dyadic Grounded Theory Analysis."
  • 2020. School of Behavioral Health Spirituality Integration Lunch, Loma Linda, CA. Williams-Reade, J. "Integrating Spirituality into the Classroom: Creating a Safe and Brave Space for Personal and Professional Growth."
  • 2019. Family Therapists in Healthcare Interest Network Webinar, American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. Williams-Reade, J., Lamson, A., Roberts, K., Mendenhall, T. "All Aboard the Family Therapists in Healthcare Train: Get on Track, Stay on Track!"

Community Engagement

  • Board Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2022-2024)
  • Founding Chair of Family Therapists in Healthcare Topic Interest Network for American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (2018)
  • Medical Family Therapy Consortium (2017-present)
  • Board Member, AAMFT-CA Division Board of Directors (2017-2018)