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Dr. Jackson P. Rainer

Head of the Psychology and Counseling Department

Valdosta State University

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Valdosta State University

1500 N Patterson St

Valdosta, Georgia 31698

United States

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The mission of Valdosta State University (VSU) is to: prepare our students to meet global opportunities and challenges through excellence in teaching and learning, expand the boundaries of current knowledge, and explore the practical applications of that ... more

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Background Information


Gardner-Webb University

Bachelor of Music

Florida State University

Master of Education

community counseling

Georgia State University



Georgia Southern University

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Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist. Dr. Rainer has practiced for the last fifteen years in rural communities in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Coastal Plains of South Georgia. He is currently the head of the Psychology and Counseling department of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He may be contacted at
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Smalley, B.S., Warren, J.W., & Rainer, J.P. (Eds). (2012). Rural mental health. New York: Springer. Spoth, R. (1997). Challenges in defining and developing the field of rural mental health disorder preventive intervention research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 25(4), 425-428.

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Dr. Jackson Rainer is a board-certified clinical psychologist who has practiced for more than 25 years with individuals and families living with the demands of chronic illness. He currently serves as Department Head of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University, one of Georgia's comprehensive public universities.

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“An excellent primer on loneliness, this book by Rainer and Martin offers a refreshing summary of research, clinical experience, theory, and therapeutic suggestions for mental health professionals.
Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist who completed his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1986. He is nationally known and respected as a psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. In urban and rural settings, he has directed community mental health institutions and agencies, practiced psychotherapy with children, adults, couples, and families, and taught in universities and professional settings for a practice life that spans more than 25 years. His hybrid of professional service is now consolidated into a national consulting practice for psychotherapy and supervision. Dr. Rainer serves as Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. He is a former chair of the Publication Board for Division 29, Psychotherapy, of the American Psychological Association, and is on the editorial and publication boards of seven psychology journals. He specializes in work surrounding the crisis of loss due to catastrophic, chronic, and terminal illness.

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Dr. Jackson Rainer, a clinical psychologist, professor, and head of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, also stresses the importance of students taking advantage of the disability or health accommodation services provided by their college.

"The academic world moves quickly, and there are heavy expectations for success," says Rainer. "Students at every university have an opportunity to work with a disability center. Many students don't want to use the services for reasons of pride or embarrassment. But eventually what happens without the utilization of support is that they are less successful in school. Then they have more hurdles to jump over because they didn't use the services of the system."
Dr. Rainer has been working with teenagers and young adults who have chronic illnesses since 1988, helping them to successfully transition into school and the workplace.
"I help people get as much of the services available as they can at school to make for a user-friendly environment," he said.
Dr. Rainer agrees. "You need to redefine your baseline," he said.
"Having RA is like having a new job," Dr. Rainer says.

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Dr. Jackson Rainer, a clinical psychologist, professor, and head of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University in Georgia, agrees that it's important to move on if a dating partner or a friend can't be supportive of someone who is living with RA.

"If you are with someone who can't be empathetic or OK with who you are, go find someone else," says Rainer.
"Most people don't really want to disclose how they're different," says Rainer. "But there are times that the illness demands that, such as if you can't do certain things or participate in activities."
He recommends exploring alternate ways to join in with others, such as meeting with friends earlier in the day if you're too fatigued in the evenings, or proposing social activities that you can physically do that others would also enjoy, such as watching a movie, going out for coffee, or perhaps taking an easy-going bike ride. Having RA doesn't mean you can't have a social life, but sometimes you need to be a little creative to find what works best for you.
Rainer also advises that "people who have RA need two or three very good friends who are willing to understand and learn about the illness.

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