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  • Lisa M. Jones is a research associate professor of psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Jones received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1999 from the University of Rhode Island. She has 20 years of experience conducting research on child victimization and evaluating national, state, and community-level prevention and intervention responses to youth victims. Recent research has focused 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 was recently awarded 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,” scheduled to begin January 2019. Dr. Jones recently completed a study funded by NIJ 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 from research on bullying and technology-based harassment victimization and is leading 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.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    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 IdentityPsychology of Violence.  8:680-691. 2018
    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 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
    2017 Past Year Technology-Involved Peer Harassment Victimization and Recent Depressive Symptoms and Suicide Ideation Among a National Sample of Youth.Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  886260517748413. 2017
    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 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 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 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
    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

    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