My program of research focuses on child and youth mental health as well as marginalized populations. I am committed to advancing the knowledge of health and social care practitioners, policy makers and program developers in these areas. My theoretical foundation draws on health equity, the social determinants of health, health promotion and community engagement. I incorporate the impact of the social determinants of health as well as trauma informed practice within my research and teaching. I have a strong background in qualitative methods, particularly narrative research and participatory action research.
Some examples of my current and past research projects include:
- Developing interventions for children and youth at risk for sexual exploitation: A community-based participatory action project.
- A visual narrative inquiry into the lived experiences of at risk youth and mental health services.
- Improving Mental Health Outcomes of Children and Youth (IMHOCY)
- Socially vulnerable populations’ project: Diverse views of library usage.
- Inquiring into HIV prevention and care for pregnant and early parenting women experiencing homelessness.
- Reaching youth who are homeless: Conceptualizing an alternative inner city outreach model
- What’s getting in the way of getting better? Family identified barriers within children’s mental health care.
- A needs assessment related to poverty and homelessness in a resource-based community, Drayton Valley and Brazeau County Area, Alberta.
Richter, M.S., Bell., J., Jackson, M.K., Lee, L., & Dahsora, P. (in press). Library usage and socially vulnerable populations. Journal of Library Administration.
Thummapol, O., Park, T., Barton, S., & Jackson, M.K. (in press). Methodological challenges faced in doing research with Vulnerable Women: reflections from fieldwork experiences. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
Jackson, M.K. (2019). Beyond Deficits: Shifting perspectives in child and youth mental health. In M. Diaz & B. Shepard (Eds.), Narrative Perspectives in Childhood and Adolescence. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Jackson, M.K., Caine, V., Huber, J, & Vastani, M. (2019). “Hear me”: Collaborating to address sexual exploitation. In M. Diaz & B. Shepard (Eds.), Narrative Perspectives in Childhood and Adolescence. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Clandinin,D.J., Caine, V., & Jackson, M. (2019). Narrative research in education. In Hynds, A. (Ed.) Oxford Biographies in Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
Eastlick Kushner, K. & Jackson, M.K. (2018). Health and wellness. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Griffin,J.C Ross-Kerr, M.J., Wood, B.J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds.), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing 6th Ed. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.
Eastlick Kushner, K. & Jackson, M.K. (2018).Community health nursing practice. In P.A. Potter, A.G. Griffin, J.C Ross-Kerr, M.J., Wood, B.J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds.), Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing 6th Ed. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.
Jackson, M.K., Richter, M.S., Kovacs-Burns, K. (2014). Confidentiality and treatment of minor clients: A health professional’s dilemma. SpringerPlus online.
Jackson, M., Richter, M.S., Caine, V. (2013). A visual narrative inquiry into the experiences of youth who are homeless and seek mental health care. Homeward Trust. http://www.homewardtrust.ca/homelessness/resources.php#cat9
Jackson, M., Richter, M.S., Caine, V. (2012). Exploring the methodological and theoretical diversity of participatory visual methods. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10(4), 690.