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  • Lisa M. Jones is a research associate professor of psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC), University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jones received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1999 from the University of Rhode Island. She has over 20 years of experience conducting research on child and family safety and well-being, and evaluating prevention programs and victim services. Her current research focuses on youth bias and hate crime victimization, youth firearm violence exposure, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking victimization, and child online risks and victimization experiences. She is serving as principal investigator of a 3-year grant by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) entitled “Hate Crime Investigations and Offender Profiles: A National Survey of U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies.” She recently completed a study developing the Youth Bias Victimization Questionnaire (YBVQ), a multi-site study with pilot data collected from over 800 youth. Dr. Jones has published several papers on technology-based harassment victimization and conducted a cluster randomized control trial evaluation of Google’s Internet safety program: Be Internet Awesome. She has served as a Co-Investigator with Dr. Kimberly Mitchell on a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Tool (Youth-FIRST) and on an NIJ-funded study on resilience measurement for youth. In past work, Dr. Jones helped to direct the Multi-Site Evaluation of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and has conducted research examining national declines in child sexual and physical abuse. Dr. Jones has published over 75 papers on child victimization and regularly presents across the country and internationally on these topics.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Youth Internet Safety Education: Aligning Programs With the Evidence Base.Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.  22:1233-1247. 2021
    2021 Understanding the Impact of Seeing Gun Violence and Hearing Gunshots in Public Places: Findings From the Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Study.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  36:8835-8851. 2021
    2021 Factors Related to Providers Screening Children for Behavioral Health Risks in Primary Care Settings.Journal of Pediatric Nursing.  59:37-44. 2021
    2021 Past Year Technology-Involved Peer Harassment Victimization and Recent Depressive Symptoms and Suicide Ideation Among a National Sample of Youth.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  36:NP1165-1179NP. 2021
    2020 Statutory Rape: Case Characteristics When Offenders are Younger Than 21 Years of Age Versus Older.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  886260520975807. 2020
    2020 Exposure to Multiple Forms of Bias Victimization on Youth and Young Adults: Relationships with Trauma Symptomatology and Social Support.Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  49:1961-1975. 2020
    2020 The Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Tool (Youth-FiRST): Psychometrics and Validation of a Gun Attitudes and Violence Exposure Assessment Tool.Violence and Victims.  35:635-655. 2020
    2020 Strengthening the predictive power of screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in younger and older children.Child Abuse and Neglect.  107:104522. 2020
    2020 Poly-victimization, Trauma, and Resilience: Exploring Strengths That Promote Thriving After Adversity.Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.  21:376-395. 2020
    2020 Peer Victimization Patterns and Trauma Symptoms in a National Longitudinal Sample of Youth.Violence and Victims.  35:143-159. 2020
    2020 Poly-Strengths and Peer Violence Perpetration: What Strengths Can Add to Risk Factor Analyses.Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  49:735-746. 2020
    2020 Featured counter-trafficking program: Love146.Child Abuse and Neglect.  100:104131. 2020
    2020 Health-Related Quality of Life among Adolescents as a Function of Victimization, other Adversities, and Strengths.Journal of Pediatric Nursing.  50:46-53. 2020
    2019 Gun Violence Exposure and Posttraumatic Symptoms Among Children and Youth.Journal of Traumatic Stress.  32:881-889. 2019
    2019 New measures to assess the social ecology of youth: A mixed-methods study.Journal of Community Psychology.  47:1666-1681. 2019
    2019 Peer Harassment among Youths with Different Disabilities: Impact of Harassment Online, in Person, and in Mixed Online and In-Person IncidentsSocial Work in Education Children and Schools.  41:17-24. 2019
    2019 Youth Exposure to Suicide Attempts: Relative Impact on Personal Trauma Symptoms.American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  56:109-115. 2019
    2018 The relationship between bias-based peer victimization and depressive symptomatology across sexual and gender identity.Psychology of Violence.  8:680-691. 2018
    2018 Updated Trends in Child MaltreatmentCrimes Against Children Research Center2018
    2018 Characteristics of bias-based harassment incidents reported by a national sample of U.S. adolescents.Journal of Adolescence.  65:50-60. 2018
    2018 Digital poly-victimization: The increasing importance of online crime and harassment to the burden of victimization.Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.  19:382-398. 2018
    2018 From Poly-Victimization to Poly-Strengths: Understanding the Web of Violence Can Transform Research on Youth Violence and Illuminate the Path to Prevention and Resilience.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  33:719-739. 2018
    2018 Poly-Victimization and Peer Harassment Involvement in a Technological World.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  33:762-788. 2018
    2018 Exposure to Medication Overdose as an Adversity in Childhood.Journal of Pediatric Nursing.  38:127-132. 2018
    2018 Technology in Rural Appalachia: Cultural Strategies of Resistance and NavigationInternational Journal of Communication.  12:1248-1268. 2018
    2017 Assessing the Impact of Harassment by Peers: Incident Characteristics and Outcomes in a National Sample of YouthJournal of School Violence.  16:1-24. 2017
    2016 Defining and measuring youth digital citizenshipNew Media and Society.  18:2063-2079. 2016
    2016 The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?Psychology of Violence.  6:193-204. 2016
    2016 A Statewide Study of the Public's Knowledge of Child Abuse Reporting LawsJournal of Public Child Welfare.  10:561-579. 2016
    2016 Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice by Strengthening Academic-Community Partnerships for Violence ResearchPsychology of Violence.  6:27-33. 2016
    2016 Building on Youth's Strengths: A Call to Include Adolescents in Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Violence Prevention ProgramsPsychology of Violence.  6:15-21. 2016
    2016 What Features Make Online Harassment Incidents Upsetting to Youth?Journal of School Violence.  15:279-301. 2016
    2015 Victim Reports of Bystander Reactions to In-Person and Online Peer Harassment: A National Survey of Adolescents.Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  44:2308-2320. 2015
    2015 Length of Time to Resolve Criminal Charges of Child Sexual Abuse: A Three-County Case Study.Behavioral Sciences and the Law.  33:528-545. 2015
    2015 Weapon Involvement in the Victimization of Children.Pediatrics.  136:10-17. 2015
    2015 Cyberbullying and bullying must be studied within a broader peer victimization framework.Journal of Adolescent Health.  56:473-474. 2015
    2013 Testing the Index of Problematic Online Experiences (I-POE) with a national sample of adolescents.Journal of Adolescence.  36:1153-1163. 2013
    2013 Understanding the decline in unwanted online sexual solicitations for U.S. youth 2000-2010: findings from three Youth Internet Safety Surveys.Child Abuse and Neglect.  37:1225-1236. 2013
    2013 Online Harassment in Context: Trends From Three Youth Internet Safety Surveys (2000, 2005, 2010)Psychology of Violence.  3:53-69. 2013
    2012 Trends in child maltreatment.The Lancet.  379:2048-2049. 2012
    2012 Investigators using the Internet to apprehend sex offenders: findings from the Second National Juvenile Online Victimization StudyPolice Practice and Research.  13:267-281. 2012
    2012 Do parents blame or doubt their child more when sexually abused by adolescents versus adults?Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  27:453-470. 2012
    2012 Trends in youth internet victimization: findings from three youth internet safety surveys 2000-2010.Journal of Adolescent Health.  50:179-186. 2012
    2012 Mental health professionals in children's advocacy centers: is there role conflict?Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.  21:91-108. 2012
    2012 Prevalence and characteristics of youth sexting: a national study.Pediatrics.  129:13-20. 2012
    2011 National trends in exposure to and experiences of violence on the Internet among children.Pediatrics.  128:e1376-e1386. 2011
    2011 Internet-facilitated commercial sexual exploitation of children: findings from a nationally representative sample of law enforcement agencies in the United States.Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment Annals of Sex Research.  23:43-71. 2011
    2010 Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse The Importance of Evidence TypeCrime and Delinquency.  56:436-454. 2010
    2010 Protecting victims’ identities in press coverage of child victimizationJournalism.  11:347-367. 2010
    2010 Suspect confession of child sexual abuse to investigators.Child Maltreatment.  15:161-170. 2010
    2010 Nonoffending caregiver and youth experiences with child sexual abuse investigations.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  25:291-314. 2010
    2010 Growth and change in undercover online child exploitation investigations, 2000-2006Policing and Society.  20:416-431. 2010
    2009 Telling interviewers about sexual abuse: predictors of child disclosure at forensic interviews.Child Maltreatment.  14:100-113. 2009
    2009 The prevention of childhood sexual abuse.Future of Children.  19:169-194. 2009
    2007 Do Children's Advocacy Centers improve families' experiences of child sexual abuse investigations?Child Abuse and Neglect.  31:1069-1085. 2007
    2007 Which sexual abuse victims receive a forensic medical examination? The impact of Children's Advocacy Centers.Child Abuse and Neglect.  31:1053-1068. 2007
    2006 Why have child maltreatment and child victimization declined?Journal of Social Issues.  62:685-716. 2006
    2003 Prosecution of child abuse: a meta-analysis of rates of criminal justice decisions.Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.  4:323-340. 2003
    2002 Re: Response to David ChadwickChild Abuse and Neglect.  26:889-890. 2002
    2001 Why is sexual abuse declining? A survey of state child protection administrators.Child Abuse and Neglect.  25:1139-1158. 2001


    Year Title
    2020 Digital poly-victimization.  112-128. 2020
    2016 Online Harassment.  571-587. 2016
    2012 Child Maltreatment Trends in the 1990s: Why Does Neglect Differ from Sexual and Physical Abuse?.  247-267. 2012

    Principal Investigator On

  • Improving Outcomes for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2021 - 2022
  • Physical and Psychological Health and Wellness Needs of Minor Sex Trafficking Victims  awarded by Northeastern University 2021
  • Hate Crime Investigations and Offender Profiles: A National Survey of U.S. Law Enforcement  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2019 - 2021
  • Be Internet Awesome (BIA) Internet Safety Education Program Evaluation  awarded by Google Inc 2018 - 2019
  • Rapid Scoping Review of the Evidence on Online Violence Against Children  awarded by World Health Organization 2019
  • The Youth Bias Crime Victimization Survey (YBVS): Instrument Development and Outcomes from At-Risk Youth in three U.S. Communities  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2016 - 2018
  • Applying for Funding in the New Evidence-Based Culture-Guidelines and Tips  awarded by UBS Optimus Foundation 2012 - 2017
  • Online Privacy Messaging Best Practices White Paper  awarded by Digital Trust Foundation 2015 - 2016
  • Using Web-Based Technology to Increase the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Bullying and Peer Violence Prevention Initiatives for At-Risk Youth  awarded by Stoneleigh Foundation 2012 - 2015
  • Evaluation of Internet Child safety Materials Used by ICAC Task Forces  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2009 - 2012
  • Changes Over Time in Early Foster Parenting Interest: A Follow-Up Study on the New England Community Survey  awarded by Casey Family Services 2005 - 2006
  • Evaluation of NH Foster Parent Recruitment & Retention  awarded by Casey Family Services 2003 - 2004
  • Investigator On

  • Understanding Bystanders for Self-Directed Violence Prevention: A Prospective National Study Highlighting Marginalized Youth and Young Adults  awarded by US DHHS, National Institutes of Health 2021 - 2026
  • National Survey of Internet & Technology Facilitated Child Exploitation  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2020 - 2024
  • Trends and New Directions in the Law Enforcement Response to the Sex Trafficking of Minors  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2021 - 2023
  • A Study of Trauma and Resiliency Among Forensic Examiners Investigating Child Pornography  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2020 - 2022
  • Improving the response to Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation Materials  awarded by US DOJ, Department of Justice 2022
  • Preventing Sexual Violence Through a Comprehensive, Peer-Led Initiative: A Process and Outcome Evaluation  awarded by University of Nebraska 2019 - 2021
  • Poly-Victimization & Resilience Portfolios: Advancing the Science of Resilience Following Children's Exposure to Violence  awarded by National Children's Advocacy Center 2016 - 2018
  • Development of a National Youth Firearm Risk and Safety Assessment Tool  awarded by US DHHS, National Institutes of Health 2016 - 2018
  • The Digital Online Privacy & Security (Digital OPS) Survey Among Low Socioeconomic Status Adults and Adolescents in Rural Appalachia  awarded by Appalachian Center for Resilience Research 2015 - 2017
  • Cyberbullying Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the US: Four New Studies from the National Technology Harassment Victimization Survey  awarded by Digital Trust Foundation 2015 - 2017
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • Full Name

  • Lisa Jones
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Crimes Against Children Research Center/Family Research Lab

    10 West Edge Dr., Suite 106

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States