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Lisa Jones

Phone: (603) 862-2515
Office: Family Research Lab, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824

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’ experience researching child victimization and adversity exposure, with a focus on commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and youth, sexual abuse, bias and hate crime victimization, and technology-based victimization of children. She is currently serving as PI on a 5-year CDC-funded R01 randomized controlled trial evaluation of youth-focused trafficking prevention education program delivered to at-risk youth in the state of Minnesota. She is also serving as PI of a study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct a 5-year quasi-experimental evaluation of a specialized intensive services for youth trafficking victims developed by the non-profit Love 146. In other research areas, Dr. Jones is serving as PI on an NIJ-funded study to identify processes for improving national surveillance of child sexual abuse cases in youth serving organizations (YSOs). She is PI on a privately funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Common Sense Education digital citizenship curriculum, after having recently completed an RCT of the Google Be Internet Awesome digital citizenship program. Finally, she recently completed a NIJ-funded national study of hate crime investigations conducted by law enforcement. Dr. Jones has published over 100 papers and chapters on these and other child victimization topics and regularly presents across the country and internationally on these topics.

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship


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

Research Interests

  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Child victimization and abuse, with a focus on epidemiology and prevention research
  • Human Trafficking
  • Law enforcement
  • Youth Internet victimization

Selected Publications

  • Mitchell, K. J., Gewirtz-Meydan, A., Finkelhor, D., O'Brien, J. E., & Jones, L. M. (2023). The mental health of officials who regularly examine child sexual abuse material: strategies for harm mitigation.. BMC Psychiatry, 23(1), 940. doi:10.1186/s12888-023-05445-w

  • Edwards, K. M., Banyard, V. L., Waterman, E. A., Simon, B., Hopfauf, S., Mitchell, K. J., . . . Valente, T. W. (2023). Diffusion effects of a sexual violence prevention program leveraging youth-adult partnerships.. Am J Community Psychol, 71(3-4), 344-354. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12645

  • Banyard, V., Mitchell, K. J., Jones, L. M., & Ybarra, M. L. (2022). Voices of Youth and Emerging Adults on Suicide Prevention: Experiences and Expectations. PREVENTION SCIENCE, 23(7), 1230-1240. doi:10.1007/s11121-022-01356-6

  • O'Brien, J. E., Brewer, K. B., Jones, L. M., Corkhum, J., & Rizo, C. F. (2022). Rigor and Respect: Recruitment Strategies for Engaging Vulnerable Populations in Research. JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 37(17-18), NP17052-NP17072. doi:10.1177/08862605211023497

  • Lippert, T., Clary, M., Bleoaja, C., Walsh, W. A., & Jones, L. M. (2022). Statutory Rape: Case Characteristics When Offenders are Younger Than 21 Years of Age Versus Older. JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 37(9-10), NP7984-NP8005. doi:10.1177/0886260520975807

  • Jones, L. M., Mitchell, K. J., & Finkelhor, D. (2013). Online Harassment in Context: Trends From Three Youth Internet Safety Surveys (2000, 2005, 2010). PSYCHOLOGY OF VIOLENCE, 3(1), 53-69. doi:10.1037/a0030309

  • Jones, L. M., Mitchell, K. J., & Finkelhor, D. (2012). Trends in Youth Internet Victimization: Findings From Three Youth Internet Safety Surveys 2000-2010. JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH, 50(2), 179-186. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.09.015

  • Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., Jones, L. M., & Wolak, J. (2012). Prevalence and Characteristics of Youth Sexting: A National Study. PEDIATRICS, 129(1), 13-20. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-1730

  • Finkelhor, D. (2009). The Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse. FUTURE OF CHILDREN, 19(2), 169-194. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Finkelhor, D., & Jones, L. (2006). Why have child maltreatment and child victimization declined?. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES, 62(4), 685-716. doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.2006.00483.x

  • Most Cited Publications