Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist                    Trauma Expert


Dr. Russell T. Jones is the Director and Founder of Recovery Effort After Adult and Childhood Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T.) 

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.

2016 - 2017 REAACT Undergraduate Research Team

Brady Tickle

Brady Tickle is a senior Psychology major and Physics minor at Virginia Tech. 

Brady has been involved in R.E.A.A.C.T since his junior year of high school, becoming the team leader in Fall 2016.  Primary tasks have included leading team meetings, assisting in the obtainment of summaries, and critiques of research articles, distributing the
ABCs of Fire as well as assisting in the development of trauma-related power-point presentations.  He is currently playing a major role in the development of an app to assist children in coping with fire-related emergencies.  

In addition, Brady has also worked closely in Dr. Jones’ graduate research team assisting with several research-based papers as a member of the recently formed POST (Physiology of Stress and Trauma) Graduate Research Team.  After graduation, Brady plans to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist, specializing in assisting trauma victims.  On his free time Brady enjoys writing film reviews for
The Collegiate Times, running, reading, and hanging out with friends.
AnnaLin Woo

AnnaLin Woo is a junior double majoring in neuroscience and psychology, and is appointed to be Team Leader starting Fall 2017.

This is her second semester working in the REAACT lab with Dr. Jones. Her primary duties include analyzing research articles, distributing the ABCs of Fire as well as assisting in the development of powerpoint presentations and research papers.

Other current research includes glioma and glial cell biology with the Sontheimer Lab at Virginia Tech's Carilion Research Institute.

She will be applying to graduate school and graduating from Tech in 2018.
Jose Canahui

Jose Canahui is a junior studying Computer Science.

He is very interested in Philosophy, Psychology, technology, and how they can be used together to solve problems in society.

Currently on the REAACT team as a member and technical consultant, he is assisting in the development of a Fire Safety smartphone application and assisting with the development of the website. He also assists in the distribution of ABCs of Fire. 

In his free time, he develops websites to help organizations express themselves effectively online. 

Julie Ballschneider

Julie Ballschneider is a senior psychology major interested in studying how trauma impacts individuals with developmental disabilities, specifically autism spectrum disorder.

She has been a member of the Stress and Coping Lab for the past year and a half. She is in charge of coordinating fellow undergraduate students in distributing the ABC's of Fire to affected communities throughout the United States, assisting with data entry and analysis, and other related-projects under the direction of Dr. Jones. 

After graduation she plans to continue on to graduate school in research psychology, social work, or criminology.

Patrick Rafael

Patrick Rafael is a third-year student and is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology as well as Neuroscience.

He has ambitions to achieve a PhD in Neuropsychology and to become a professor one day.

His interests include trauma and its effects on Psychological/Neurological development, as well as the development of Cognitive enhancement technologies. In his free time, he enjoys working out and helping his fellow classmates by acting as an informal tutor.

Kerrington Crockett-Eans

Kerrington Crockett-Eans received his BA in Psychology at George Mason University. 

He is interested in continuing his education in graduate school with Dr. Jones' guidance. His hobbies include photography and soccer, and he is interested in bringing awareness to various social problems in the community.

Cassie Wright

Cassie Wright is a senior from Richmond, Virginia pursuing a psychology major.

She has been on the team for two years, and is interested in aiding veterans with PTSD. 

She will be graduating in May of 2017 and attending Graduate School at George Mason University studying Criminology. 

She enjoys spending time outside and reading.

Steven Wong

Steven Wong is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Psychology.

He is a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Lima Company, and joined REAACT Summer of 2016. He is involved in the updating of a website, helping develop a mobile Application with Jose Canahui to engage children in learning fire safety. He is also involved in  POST (Physiology of Stress and Trauma) Graduate Research Team, examining psycho physiological aspects of PTSD alongside Brady Tickle.

Steven will be graduating in 2017, and pursuing a medical degree while serving as a Law Enforcement Officer.