BiographyWhen he’s not obsessively watching reality television, Jacob is an Associate Professor of Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Iowa. He also serves as the director of the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic, has an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, and has a private practice at the Counseling Center of Iowa City. He is a frequent contributor to Iowa Public Radio and his work has been featured on outlets such as CNN and NatGeo Kids. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife Chelsea (the person who originally got him hooked on reality TV), his son Keenan, and five cats – Albert, Louie, Woodward, Lyndon, and Cecilia.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Couple and Family Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Close Relationships and Health
By: Jacob Bird Priest
Many experts say that what kids need more of is alone time—what our own parents might have called “quiet time”—to tinker, wander, and reflect. “We tend to get worried when kids choose to be alone, but from a developmental and mental health standpoint, it can be a very healthy way for kids to recharge,” says Jacob Priest, a University of Iowa professor who studies family relationships. “That may be especially true when the children are interacting with the same people day after day.”