Valdosta Daily Times

January 24, 2013

VSU’s Jackson Rainer Wins National Health Information Award


From Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA — Dr. Jackson Patten Rainer recently won a bronze medal in the 2012 National Health Information Awards for his article “Neutralizing Stigma,” which was published in the July/August 2011 issue of the bi-monthly Arthritis Self-Management magazine. The announcement came five months after the 57-year-old Tifton native joined the Valdosta State University faculty as a professor of psychology and head of the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

“My goal was to write a practical self-help article for people living with arthritis,” he said. “Arthritis is often a hidden disease and one that is easily misunderstood. Many people think that it is easily managed, ‘just a part of getting older,’ and a physical nuisance. Different forms of arthritis can seriously compromise a person’s quality of life. People living with the demands of arthritis often need help from others to manage through the day and certainly are worthy of having the limits of their bodies understood and respected.”

Rainer, who prefers to be called Jack, holds a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University and a Master of Education in community counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy in counseling psychology from Georgia State University. He is a board certified clinical psychologist, licensed health service provider psychologist, and licensed applied psychologist. He joined the VSU faculty in August 2012.

In the past year, Rainer has co-authored two resource and reference works, Rural Mental Health: Issues, Policies, and Best Practices and Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness. His next book, Life and Loss: Counseling and Therapy for Grief and Bereavement,” will be published in the spring. He is a regular contributor to various professional journals and an experienced presenter.

“I am writing more and find that it is quite enjoyable,” he said. “One of the more pleasant aspects of getting older is having the ability to step into the bully pulpit and speak my peace. The books, chapters, and articles have been well received, as evidenced by the award for the stigma article. They are ways to teach larger numbers of people who may find help in something I’ve written, and that is important to me.”

Rainer’s chosen areas of research include grief and bereavement, end-of-life care, quality of life enhancement, rural mental health, and psychotherapy processes.

Contact Dr. Jackson Rainer at (229) 333-5986 or jprainer@valdosta.edu for more information. His office is located in the Psychology Building, Room 2104.