Jacob Bird Priest

Jacob Bird Priest


N372 Lindquist Center
Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
Iowa City, IA 52242

Affiliations within the College


Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Florida State University, 2013
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University Calumet, 2010
  • B.S. in Family Studies, Weber State University, 2007

Research Interests

  • Contributions of couple and family processes to the onset, course, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
  • Associations between couple and family processes and physical health.

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Coordinator - Couple and Family Therapy Program, The University of Iowa
  • Private Practice, The Counseling Center of Iowa City

Professional Service

  • Journal Editorial Board, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2016–current.
  • Professional Board, Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2015–current.
  • Journal Editorial Board, The American Journal of Family Therapy, 2015–current.
  • Journal Editorial Board, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2013–current.

Professional Activities and Membership

  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • The National Council on Family Relations

Licensure and Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Maier, C. A., & Priest, J. B. (2016). Perceived fairness, marital conflict, and depression. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 44, 95-109.
  • Cluxton-Keller, F., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2015). Couple communication patterns as predictors of major depressive disorder symptoms: An exploratory study. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(5), 395-412.
  • Priest, J. B., Woods, S. B., Maier, C. A., Parker, E. O., Benoit, J. A., & Roush, T. R. (2015). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Close relationships and allostatic load. Social Science and Medicine, 142, 232-240.
  • Priest, J. B. (2015). A Bowen family systems model of generalized anxiety disorder and romantic relationship distress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41(3), 340-353.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2015). Predicting improvements in depression across therapies using indicators of romantic relationship functioning. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(1), 44-56.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2015). Tell me where it hurts: Assessing mental and relational health using a biopsychosocial assessment intervention. The Family Journal, 23(2), 109-119.
  • Priest, J. B., & Woods, S. B. (2015). The role of close relationships in the mental and physical health of Latino Americans. Family Relaitons, 64, 319-331.
  • Fish, J. N., Maier, C. A., & Priest, J. B. (2015). Substance abuse treatment response in a Latino sample: The influence of family conflict. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 49, 27-34.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Roush, T. (2014). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Testing social support as an additional exogenous variable. Family Process, 53(4), 672-685.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., Fish, J. N., Rodriguez, J. E., & Denton, W. H. (2014). Relational discord in urban primary care: Prevalence rates and psychiatric comorbidities. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(2), 913-929.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2013). A preliminary investigation of a telephone administration of the quality of marriage index. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39, 261-267.
  • Priest, J. B. (2013). Anxiety disorders and relationship quality with friends, relatives, and romantic partners. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 78-88.
  • Priest, J. B. (2013). EFT as treatment for couples with generalized anxiety disorder and relationship distress. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 22-37.
  • Pavkov, T. W., Priest, J. B., & Fox, K. (2012). Use of cognitive question testing methodologies in participant action research: Implementing the three-step test-interview method in Indian county. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18(1), 82.
  • Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2012). Anxiety disorders and Latinos: The role of family cohesion and family discord. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 34, 557-576.
  • Priest, J. B., Edwards, A. B., Wetchler, J. L., Gillotti, K., Cobb, R. A., & Walsh Borst, C. (2012). An exploratory evaluation of the Cognitive-Active Gender Role Identification Continuum. American Journal of Family Therapy, 40, 152-168.
  • Priest, J. B., & Wickel, K. (2011). Religious therapists and clients in same-sex relationships: Lessons from the court case of Bruff v. North Mississippi Health Services, Inc. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 139-148.
  • Fish, J. N., & Priest, J. B. (2011). Identity structures: Holons, boundaries, hierarchy and the formation of the collaborative identity. The Family Journal, 19, 174-181.
  • Priest, J. B., Schvaneveldt, P., Burnett, M., Thompson, R., & Vogel, A. (2009). Relationship dissolution and romance and mate selection myths. Family Science Review, 14, 48-57.
  • Cobb, R. A., Walsh, C. E., & Priest, J. B. (2009). The Cognitive-Active Gender Role Identification Continuum. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29, 77-97.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Thomas, V. K., & Priest, J. B. (2016). Family Therapy. In Friedman, H. S. (Ed.) (pp. 235-239). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • Priest, J. B., Salts, C. J., & Smith, T. A. (2015). Special Topics in Family Therapy: Mental Illness, Physical Illness, Substance Abuse, Family Violence, and Divorce. In Wetchler, J. L., & Hecker, L. (Eds.), An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy (pp. 468-504). Binghamton, NY: Hawthorn.

Selected Presentations

  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2016, September). Families and Health: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Treatment. Workshop lead at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Priest, J. B. (2016, April). Becoming a Research Informed Clinician. Workshop lead at the Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2016, March). Families and Health: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Treatment. Paper presented at the International Family Therapy Association, .
  • Wood, S. M., Priest, J. B., & Smith, C. K. (2015, October). Leading the Future of School Counseling: Demystifying the Research Process in Master's Preparation. Roundtable discussant at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, .
  • Strachan, T., & Priest, J. B. (2015, June). Family Functioning and Treatment Completion in the African American Population. Poster presented at the American Family Therapy Academy Annual Meeting, .
  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2015, June). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Expanding the model's applicability with adults by incorporating social support and allostatic load as additional variables. Poster presented at the The American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, .
  • Maier, C., Fish, J. N., & Priest, J. B. (2014, November). Substance abuse treatment response in a Latino sample: The influence of family conflict. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relationship, .
  • Maier, C., & Priest, J. B. (2014, October). Fairness and mental health: Dyadic processes in early marriage. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Thomas, V. K., Priest, J. B., Parker, E., Maier, C., Krum, T., & Strachan, T. (2014, October). MFTs and transgender assessment: Challenges and opportunities. Workshop lead at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Roush, T. (2014, October). Modeling effects of relationships and social support on health. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Parker, E., & Priest, J. B. (2014, October). The effects of family of origin violence on conflict and depression. Poster presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy , .
  • Smith, C. K., Wood, S. M., Priest, J. B., & Duys, D. K. (2014, September). Integrating measurement training across the curriculum: Demystifying the research process. Panel discussant at the National Assessment and Research Conference, .
  • Denton, W. H., Priest, J. B., & Woods, S. B. (2014, June). Addiction Severity Index family composite scale more reliable than the combined family/social composite. Poster presented at the Annual conferece of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, .
  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2013, November). Close relationships and health: A biopsychosocial model of associations for Latinos. Poster presented at the The Annual Confernece of the National Council on Family Relations, .
  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2012, October). Understanding the effects of family relationships on mental and physical health: Applying the biobehavioral family model to an adult primary care sample. Poster presented at the The Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Health Care Association, .
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., Fish, J. N., & Denton, W. H. (2012, September). Prevalence of relational discord in urban primary care. Poster presented at the The Annual Conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .
  • Priest, J. B. (2012, July). Anxiety disorders and the quality of relationships with friends, relatives, and romantic partners. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the International Association for Relationship Research, .
  • Woods, S. B., & Priest, J. B. (2012, March). Predicting improvements in depression across therapies using romantic relationship factors. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the International Family Therapy Association, .
  • Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2011, November). Anxiety disorders and Latinos: The role of family cohesion and family discord. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, .
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (2011, October). Psychometric qualities of the oral administration of the Quality of Marriage Index. Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, .

Selected Contracts and Grants

  • Priest, Jacob Bird, "Theranest Software Upgrade," Sponsored by College of Education Technology Advisory Committee, The University of Iowa, $4950.00. (January, 2016).
  • Priest, Jacob Bird (Principal Investigator), Woods, Sarah B. (Co-Investigator), & Parker, Elizabeth (Student), "Developing a Brief Measure of Family Functioning for Use in Primary Care," Sponsored by The Iowa Research Measurement Foundation, The University of Iowa, $29187. (August 25, 2014).
  • Wadsworth, John (Principal Investigator), Smith, Carol Klose, Wojciak, Armeda Jean, & Priest, Jacob Bird, "Upgrade Clinical Computers," Sponsored by College of Education Technology Advisory Committee, The University of Iowa, $6066.36. (January, 2016–June, 2016).
  • Priest, Jacob Bird, & Williams, Rachel Marie, "A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of a gender-responsive program for women in prison. ," Sponsored by The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Applied Research in Education, The University of Iowa, $5000.00. (January, 2015–December, 2015).
  • Priest, Jacob Bird, "Improving close relationships and mental health for women in prison.," Sponsored by Old Gold Fellowship, The University of Iowa, $6000. (May, 2015–August, 2015).
  • Wojciak, Armeda Jean, & Priest, Jacob Bird, "Advanced Statistical Software for Student Use," Sponsored by College of Education Student Computing Fee Committee, The University of Iowa, $6265. (December, 2014–January, 2015).