Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist                    Trauma Expert

Russell T. Jones

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech University, and a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in clinical child psychology, trauma psychology, and issues related to disaster and terrorism.

Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and completed his clinical internship at Brown University.  He was employed at the University of Pittsburgh for seven years, where he also held a secondary appointment at Western Psych.  He joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1984, and has been there up to the present.  He also held a secondary appointment at Yale University at the Child Study Center.

In addition, he is an expert in the behavioral sciences. His research concerns the topic of childhood stress and coping, coping with common stressful life events as well as major traumas (i.e., natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence). Disaster Preparedness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its co-morbidities are major areas of his study. Assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of consequent psychiatric and psychosocial disorders also serve as topics of interest. Co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings, Dr. Jones has also served as a member of numerous editorial boards and is published extensively in the trauma area.


He was deployed as the team leader for a group of mental health consultants assigned to Gulf Port Mississippi and subsequently participated in a briefing targeting children's reactions to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with First Lady Laura Bush in New Orleans.  He later visited the White House to discuss related issues with her Assistant Deputy Director of Special Projects.  He was a member of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group administered by the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School where several published papers documenting the impact of the storms on children, adolescents, adults were produced.  

He also served as a member of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee designed to provide advice to Secretary Margaret Spellings at the Department of Education. He and his students at the Stress and Coping Lab have been engaged in a program of research investigating the mental health impact of the 4-16 shootings at Virginia Tech.  More recently, he has been examining the impact of racial trauma as well as the transmission of historical trauma on people of color. He was also a member of the Terrorism and Disaster Branch of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network,


He currently serves as the Director and Founder of Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T).  In addition, he was recently presented with the Diversity and Inclusion Service Award at Virginia Tech.  

He has appeared on CBS News, BBC, PBS, C-Span, Fox News and a host of other media outlets including print, radio and the web.  He was also featured on the Dr. Oz show, discussing the impact of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.