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Jamie Banker, PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MFT)

Email: jbanker@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3772
Office: Bell House (#4250)


Dr. Banker received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, her M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. Dr. Banker is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an active member in the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Dr. Banker's primary clinical and research interests are collaboration between family therapists and medical professionals, medical family therapy, and medical family therapy training. Her doctoral internship was at Dartmouth College teaching medical residence and providing integrated care. Her doctoral research was on understanding postpartum depression from a family systems perspective. Following her doctoral studies she was hired to develop a postpartum depression program at Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire. In addition to her interest in medical family therapy and postpartum depression, Dr. Banker has publications on community trauma and has authored articles on young adult sexuality and psychotherapy interventions.



Ph.D., Human Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010
Concentrations: Marriage and Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Diego, 2004
Concentrations: Impoverished and Low-income Families

B.A., Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, 2002
Cum Laude
Concentrations: Adult Development and Women's Studies

Interdisciplinary Certificate, Women's Studies, Colorado State University, 2002
Concentrations: Women's issues, gender issues, feminist theory



Systems Theory, Systemic Therapy, Medical Family Therapy, Integrated Care, Prenatal and Postnatal Depression, Pregnancy Counseling, Training Mental Health Clinicians and Medical Residents



Banker, J.E. (In Press). Postpartum Depression: The Role of the Couple’s Relationship. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.  

Banker, J.E., & Barnes, D.L. (2014). The perinatal genogram: A systemic assessment tool. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 29(2), 88- 105.  

Banker, J. E., & LaCoursier, D. Y. (2014). Postpartum depression: Risks, protective factors and the couple's relationship. Issues in Mental Health Nursing,35(7), 503-508.

Hern, T., Valeras, A., Banker, J., & Riebe, G. (2013).  Collaborative Partnerships within Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care. In M. Talen & A. Valeras (Eds.), Landscape of Integrated Behavioral Health: Organizing the Evidence, Identifying the Essentials. New York: Springer.

Banker, J.E., Valeras, A. & Rio, L. M. (2013). Hormonal Disorders and the Therapist: A Family System Perspective. In L. M. Rio (Ed.), The Hormone Factor: Mental Health and the Pituitary; Bridging the Mind-Body Gap. London: JKP.

Williams, L. M., Ulm, N., & Banker, J. E. (2013). An evaluation of the two churches, one marriage program: A web-based program for addressing religious differences.   Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24, 93-109.

Banker, J., Kaestle, C., & Allen, K. (2010). Dating is hard work: A narrative approach to understanding sexual and romantic relationships in young adulthood. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32, 173- 191.

Piercy, F., Banker, J., Traylor, R., Krug, S., Castanos, C., Cole, E., et al. (2008). A Virginia tech MFT ethics class reflects on the shootings at Virginia tech. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34, 210-226.

Banker, J. (2008). Family clay sculpting. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 19, 291-297



Banker, J. E., Hashtpari, H., Collette, A., & Banford, A. (2014).  Early life family trauma: Linking mental and physical disorders. Poster presentation at 2014 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 39th annual national conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Morton, C.H., Nack, A, Banker, J.E. (2014). From life-threatening childbirth to normal motherhood: The social invisibility of maternal morbidities among women giving birth in the US. Paper presentation presented by Morton, C.H. at Museum of Motherhood Conference, New York, NY.  

Banker, J.E. (2013). Partner Relationships:  A risk and a protection for postpartum depression. Poster Presentation at Postpartum Support International conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Beilin, R., & Banker, J.E. (2013). Mediation Service, Training and Scholarship in Times of Draught. Poster presentation at the Association of Family and Conciliations Courts conference, Los Angeles, California.

Talen, M.R., Valeras, A.B., Peek, C.J., Valeras, A., Kwan, B., & Banker, J.E. (2012). The Good, Bad and Surprising: Organizing the Landscape of Collaborative Care Initiatives. Paper Presentation at the Collaborative Family Health Care Association, Austin, TX.

Banker, J. E. (2011). Bringing Collaboration Between Mental Health and Medical Communities. Paper presentation at AmericanAssociation of Marriage and Family Therapy Ventura District conference, Oxnard, CA.

Banker, J. E. & Blanchard, A. E. (2011). Linking Couple’s Relationships and Perinatal Mood Disorders. Paper presentation at 2011 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 36th annual national conference, Fort Worth, TX

Krug, S.J., Piercy, F.P., Goodwin, A.M., Banker, J.E., Jordal, C.E., Rodgers, B., &
Cole, E. (2008). Virginia Tech shootings: Professional and ethical learnings. Paper presentation at 2008 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 33rd annual national conference, Memphis, TN.

Banker, J. E., Allen, K., & Kaestle, C. E. (2007). Dating is hard work: Gendered
definitions of sexual and romantic relationships. Poster presentation at 2007 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, 32nd annual national conference, Long Beach, CA.

Banker, J. E. (2007). Do marriage and family therapy programs train their students on
how to incorporate gender issues in therapy?: A literature review. Paper presentation 2007 Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

Banker, J. E., Allen, K., & Kaestle, C. E. (2007). Gendered definitions of young adult
relationships. Poster presentation at 2007 Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

Banker J. E. & Folsom D.P. (October, 2005). The Relationship Between Marital Status
And Homeless Characteristics. Poster presented at 2005 MFT graduate research conference, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.


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