Family Development

Meet Our Team

Family Development aims to provide professional development opportunities, online resources and information to support professionals working with military families.

We recognize that while military families may have similar needs as civilian families, they also face unique situations that can positively and negatively impact family life. Our focus connects largely to early intervention, family strengthening, family violence prevention and treatment and has targeted individuals in the mental health, family advocacy, and education fields.

Family Development (FD) Team

Family Development PI/Project Director
College of Education & Human Services
Valdosta State University

Kacy Mixon is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University. She teaches graduate courses and serves as Project Director for the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development team, a US Department of Defense grant initiative focused on producing online trainings for service professionals working within the Military Family Readiness System. Kacy received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Florida.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she has provided mental health services in both community and in-home settings. Kacy has also served as a clinical consultant/evaluator in the family, domestic violence, and juvenile court arenas. She currently specializes in the areas of family violence, psychological trauma, military family transitions/quality of life, resilience, and adult learning. Kacy has been the recipient of honors such as the Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellowship and has presented at various regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to MFLN, Kacy has worked on several grants focused on children and families; most notably was the Safe Start project, a joint research endeavor by RAND Corporation and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), which funded treatment programs aimed at reducing negative impacts of violence on children. Her past publications/research focused on marginalized child populations and promoting inclusive school environments to help children thrive.

Family Development Programming Specialist
College of Education & Human Services
Valdosta State University

Jason M. Jowers, MS is the Programming Specialist for the MFLN Family Development team and a trained marriage and family therapist. In his role within MFLN, Jason collaborates with professionals on programming topics that support work with military families. Jason earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Valdosta State University.

 

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