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 Service

  • Journal Editorial Board, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2013–current.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2014.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Women's Health Issues, 2013.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 2013.

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

  • Priest, J. B. (In press). A Bowen family systems model of generalized anxiety disorder and romantic relationship distress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (In press). Predicting improvements in depression across therapies using indicators of romantic relationship functioning. The American Journal of Family Therapy.
  • Fish, J. N., Maier, C. A., & Priest, J. B. (In press). Substance abuse treatment response in a Latino sample: The influence of family conflict. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (In press). Tell me where it hurts: Assessing mental and relational health using a biopsychosocial assessment intervention. The Family Journal.
  • Woods, S. B., Priest, J. B., & Roush, T. (In press). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Testing social support as an additional exogenous variable. Family Process.
  • Priest, J. B., & Woods, S. B. (In press). The role of close relationships in the mental and physical health of Latino Americans. Family Relaitons.
  • 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

  • Priest, J. B., Salts, C. J., & Smith, T. A. (In press). 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 Binghamton, NY: Hawthorn.

Selected Presentations

  • 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, Balitmore, MD.
  • 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, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 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, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 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, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 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 , Milwaukee, WI.
  • 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, Moline, IL.
  • 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, Hollywood, Florida.
  • 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, San Antonio, TX.
  • 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, Austin, TX.
  • 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, Charlotte, NC.
  • 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, Chicago, IL.
  • 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, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 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, Orlando, FL.
  • 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, Dallas, TX.
  • Priest, J. B., Cobb, R. A., & Walsh, C. E. (2011, March). Gender roles in couple therapy: Evaluating the CAGRIC model. Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of the International Family Therapy Assiciation, Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.
  • Pavkov, T. W., & Priest, J. B. (2011, February). Use of cognitive question testing methodologies in participant action research: Implementing the Three-Step Test-Interview method in Indian Country. Poster presented at the The Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.
  • Priest, J. B., & Wickel, K. (2010, November). Religious therapists and clients in same-sex relationships: Lessons from the court case of Bruff v. North Mississippi Health Services, Inc. . Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Fish, J. N., & Priest, J. B. (2010, March). Identity structures: Holons, boundaries, hierarchy and the formation of the collaborative identity. Poster presented at the The World International Family Therapy Congress, Buenos Ares, Argentina.
  • Priest, J. B., Cobb, R. A., & Walsh, C. (2009, November). The influence of gender role identification on intrapersonal and interpersonal sexual satisfaction. Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, San Francisco, CA.
  • Cobb, R. A., McNally, C., Priest, J. B., & Wetchler, J. L. (2008, October). The Cognitive-Active Gender Role Identification Continuum. Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Memphis, TN.
  • Burnett, M., Thompson, R., Priest, J. B., & Vogel, A. (2006, November). Relationship dissolution and romance and mate selection myths. Poster presented at the The Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.

Selected Contracts and Grants

  • 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).