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

  • Professional Board, Iowa Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2015–current.
  • Journal Editorial Board, The American Journal of Family Therapy, 2015–current.
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2014–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

  • 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.
  • Cluxton-Keller, F., Priest, J. B., & Denton, W. H. (In press). Couple Communication Patterns as Predictors of Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms: An Exploratory Study. The American Journal of Family Therapy.
  • Priest, J. B., Woods, S. B., Maier, C. A., Parker, E. O., Benoit, J. A., & Roush, T. R. (In press). The Biobehavioral Family Model: Close Relationships and Allostatic Load. Social Science and Medicine.
  • 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). 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

  • 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.

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).
  • 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).