Donald deAvila Jackson

Don D. Jackson ( born January 28, 1920 in Oakland, California, † January 29, 1968 in Foster City, California ) was an American psychiatrist and psychotherapist.

Jackson founded in 1959, the Mental Research Institute (MRI ) in Palo Alto, California. He succeeded, inter alia, Paul Watzlawick to win for the institute.

One focus of the work was the Jackson family therapy.


  • Paul Watzlawick, Janet H. Beavin: Human Communication. Forms, interference, paradoxes. Huber, Stuttgart, Bern 1969. 10th edition 2000, ISBN 3-456-84463-8.
  • With William J. Lederer: marriage as a learning process. How partnership succeed. Pfeiffer, Munich 1972. 3rd edition 1976, ISBN 3-7904-0063-7.