Dr. Russell T. Jones is the Director and Founder of Recovery Effort After Adult and Childhood Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T.)
Dr. Jones is currently spearheading a project in conjunction with the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University designed to treat children following residential fire. The project, entitled Recovery Effort after Adult and Child Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T), adapts the Yale Child Study Center's Child Development Community Policing Program (CD-CP) model, to involve firefighters. Through this project, firefighters learn about the negative effects of fire on children. At the scene of a fire, firefighters are encouraged to contact R.E.A.A.C.T clinicians who will make initial contact with the family. This partnership enables our clinicians to connect with families immediately following the traumatic incident.
Goals of R.E.A.A.C.T.
The primary goal of R.E.A.A.C.T. is to ensure that all children have assistance in recovery from a fire related trauma. There are currently no systematic programs to assist children after a fire. It is our desire to determine the degree of distress and fear of all children following fire, and provide the child and his or her family with counseling to help during recovery.
1. To help children and their families to return to their previous levels of functioning
2. To help parents recognize the immediate emotional, cognitive, and behavioral impact of overwhelming events on themselves and their children, typically through psycho-educational approaches
3. Engage children and their families for purposes of follow-up assessments and identification of service needs across multiple domains, including home, clinical, school, and community settings involving individual, family, and group modalities
The Stress and Coping Lab
Dr. Jones and his team have studied the influence of major technological and natural disasters on children for the past 30 years. Dr. Russell T. Jones specializes in fire trauma, where he assesses and treats children, adolescents, and adults who have been exposed to all types of fire related trauma. He and his team have been the recipients of several major research grants from prominent agencies including NIMH and FEMA. The success of their work has been acknowledged by the Bush administration and Congress through inviting Dr. Jones to provide mental health expertise in briefings with the First Lady and Congressional staff. Dr. Jones continues to be actively engaged in research; most recently he was appointed to a Harvard Medical School advisory group studying the mental health impact on survivors of Hurricane Katrina.