About Dr. J

Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D. (Dr. J) is a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed a clinical internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Additionally, she served as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School for over 10 years.  

Dr. J currently serves as the Dean of Health & Wellness at Boston Arts Academy, a Boston public school for visual and performing arts. In her role as a forensic psychologist, Dr. Jackman conducts evaluations in high-conflict divorce, juvenile delinquency, termination of parental rights, and bonding/attachment. In her private practice, Dr. J primarily works with people of color who are coping with anxiety and depression related to entrepreneurship, workplace stress & discrimination, work-life stressors, and family dynamics.


Dr. J's areas of expertise include child/adolescent development, school mental health, multicultural training, and forensic assessments. Dr. Jackman has focused her professional career on working with clients and underserved communities in schools, courts, hospitals, and community mental health centers.  In her work, Dr. Jackman engages a variety of approaches that are strengths-based, culturally competent, and trauma-sensitive, and she strives to teach these skills to other professionals who work with underserved communities. 


Dr. Jackman is on a mission to de-stigmatize mental health and to increase access to culturally-responsive therapists of color for historically underserved communities. She  has written articles for general audiences, contributed to stories by Boston Globe and WBUR reporters, and appeared on local television shows such as WGBH's Basic Black with host, Callie Crossley; WCBV's CityLine with host, Karen Ward-Holmes; Urban Update (NBC Boston), and Common Ground (Boston Neighborhood Network).  She has written several articles on parenting and psychological disorders for Family and Health (Familia Y Salud), and she helped to develop a parenting education curriculum for Haitian and Latino families. Dr. Jackman has also served as the psychological consultant for the film, Knockaround Kids.  


Dr. Jackman has extensive experience leading workshops and professional trainings to attorneys, mental health professionals, educators, graduate students, and board members on topics such as developing cross-cultural competence, social-emotional learning, school mental health, clinical supervision, parenting and parent-child communication, and in understanding psychological 



  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety

  • Parenting Capacity Evals.

  • School Mental Health

  • Creative & Artistic Youth

  • Risk Assessments

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

  • Emotional Wellness


  • You are the Brand! Personal Branding Strategies for Clinicians of Color. Presented at William James College.

  • Ethnic, Cultural, & Religious Issues in Forensic Assessments. Presented at Massachusetts General Hospital/Children & the Law Seminar Series. 

  • Emotional Wellness Matters: Your Story, Your Journey. Presented at the Women With Purpose All About Wellness event.


  • Tough Conversations with Teens. Presented to MIT's Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Teachers & Program Staff.



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