Director and Founder of Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T.)
Faculty, Department of Psychology
Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology. He and his students have studied natural and man-made disasters as well as interpersonal violence. He is also an expert in the behavioral sciences and Disaster Preparedness. Among disorders assessed and treated include Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, and Panic Disorder, along with Post Traumatic Growth. Dr. Jones has served as a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as Co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings. He has also served as a member of the National Biodefense Science Board, Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee. More recently, he assisted the White House and then First Lady Laura Bush’s office of special projects on trauma-related issues.
As an experienced clinician and researcher with traumatized children, Dr. Jones has published extensively and spoken to both national and international audiences. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Division 12 (Clinical) for several years, along with serving as a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and as a liaison to the Child, Youth and Family Committee, both within the APA. Recently, Dr. Jones was a PI of a major National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant designed to assess the impact of residential fire on children, adolescents, and their parents.
Dr. Jones is the founder and director of R.E.A.A.C.T. (Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma), a program that, in conjunction with the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, is designed to assist children and their families following fire trauma. Dr. Jones is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), The Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control (ACIPC), and ACIPC’s Scientific and Program Review Subcommittee. He is also the former Chair of the Scientific Program Review Subcommittee at the Injury Center at the CDC.
Dr. Jones frequently serves as a reviewer for NIMH and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and recently became a consultant to the Disaster Technical Assistance Center at SAMHSA. Recent trauma-related efforts include presenting at the Consensus Conference and Psychological Risk Factors for Children and Adolescents Following Natural and Technological Disasters. In addition, Dr. Jones presented at Early Trauma Responses and Psychopathology: Theoretical and Empirical Directions, sponsored by NIMH and served as moderator during the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Consensus Conference on Acute Posttraumatic Reactions. He is also a member of the Terrorism and Disaster Branch of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He was deployed as the team leader for a group of mental health consultants assigned to Gulf Port, Mississippi and recently served as a presenter at workshops entitled: Helping Students Recover from Traumatic Events Workshops for Teachers and Administrators sponsored by the Department of Education.
In late December 2005, Dr. Jones participated in a briefing targeting children’s reactions to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita with First Lady Laura Bush in New Orleans. He recently visited the White House to discuss related issues with her Assistant Deputy Director of Special Projects. Not long ago, he was an invited speaker at the Summit "The Spirit of Recovery: All-Hazards Behavioral Health Preparedness and Response-Building on the Lessons of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma," held in New Orleans. Additionally, Dr. Jones is a member of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group administered by the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School. He recently became a member of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee, designed to provide advice to Secretary Margaret Spellings of the Department of Education. He is presently engaged in the mental health efforts following the 4-16 shootings at Virginia Tech. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and completed his clinical internship at Brown University. He also held a secondary appointment at Yale University at the Child Study Center. He has appeared on CBS News, CBC News, BBC, PBS, C-Span, and a host of other media outlets including print, radio and the web.
Technological Disasters (Fires/Automobile Accidents/Airplane Crashes)
Natural Disasters (Wildfires/Floods/Hurricanes)
Interpersonal Violence (Mass Shootings/Rape/Abuse)
Psychology of Trauma (Senior Seminar)
Graduate Practicum (Trauma Focus)