Jamie  Banker

Jamie Banker, PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Associate Professor, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MFT)

(805) 493-3772
Bell House (#4250)


Dr. Jamie Banker received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor.  Dr. Banker’s primary clinical and research interests are women’s and family health, training integrated care professionals and collaboration between family therapists and medical professionals. These interests all fall under the larger umbrella of improving healthcare delivery.

As a practitioner, Dr. Banker treats individuals, couples and families in therapy and supervises training therapists. She specializes in treating issues related to women’s health. After completing her PhD, she helped develop a postpartum support program for women and their families at Concord hospital in Concord, NH. As a researcher, Dr. Banker focuses on decreasing the gap between medical and mental health assessment and treatment. She also studies community trauma and mass shootings. As a doctoral student at Virginia Tech the day of the Virginia Tech mass shootings, Dr. Banker has devoted a portion of her research and advocacy to the prevention and recovery efforts of mass shootings around the United Sates. Dr. Banker has published research on community trauma, young adult sexuality, best practices for training systemic therapists and psychotherapy interventions related to women’s health. She has presented her research to mental health communities all around the world.

As an academic, Dr. Banker has taught in both graduate students and medical residents. She directed the CLU counseling psychology program for 7 years. In 2020, Dr. Banker received the CLU President’s award of teaching excellence, the University’s top teaching honor that was created to “recognize professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students and the rest of the university community.” Prior to her work at CLU, she taught medical residents at Dartmouth Medical Residency and therapists to work together as a team when providing health care. She also taught the training physicians about the psychological aspects of their jobs as medical doctors.

Dr. Banker sits on multiple boards and committees nationally and internationally. From 2018-2020, she held an appointed seat on the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board.





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



Simmons, B., & Banker, J. (2020). A Family-based cultural contextual approach to working with involuntary clients. In B. Canfield (ED.), Intercultural Perspectives on Family Counseling. New York: Routlegde Press.

Banker, J., Witting, A.B., & Jensen, J. (2019). Hormones and Childhood Trauma: Links Between the Physical and Psychological. The Family Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/1066480719844026

Sudano, L., Banker, J., Goren, N., & Zessin, C. E. (2017). Couple Therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer.  

Banker, J.E. (2015). Interpersonal Aspects of Postpartum Depression, Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 29(3),177-195.

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. 

Select Scholarly Presentations:

Banker, J.E. (2020). Perinatal Illness: Externalizing Anxiety and Depression Symptoms. Poster presentation at 2020 Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Banker, J.E. & Simmons, B. (2020). Culturally Aware Marriage and FamilyCounselors: A Reflexive Process. Paper presentation at International Association Marriage and FamilyCounselors, New Orleans, LA.

Banker, J.E. (2019). Mindfulness practices in the classroom: Training clinicians’ experiences. Poster presentation at A Mindful Society Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Banker, J.E. (2018). Treating the family system: Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Paper presentation at International Family Therapy Association, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Banker, J.E. (2018). Assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders: A family systems approach. Paper presentation at International Association Marriage and Family Counselors, New Orleans, LA.

Barnes, D.L., & Banker, J.E. (2015). The perinatal genogram: An assessment and treatment assessment tool. Paper presentation at Postpartum Support International conference, Plymouth, MI.

Banker, J.E., & Banford, A. (2015). Trauma and endocrine disorders: Integrating behavioral healthcare. Poster presentation at the Annual American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy California Division Conference, Northridge, CA.

Beilin, R. L., Banker, J.E., & Agopian, E. (2015). Family mental health and the legal community. Paper presentation at the Annual American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy California Division Conference, Northridge, CA.

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 American Association 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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