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
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.
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 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 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.