Lisa Jones

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


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship

Selected Publications

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

O'Brien, J., Finkelhor, D., & Jones, L. (2022). Improving services for youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation: Insights from interventions with other high-risk youth. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 132. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106313

Jones, L. M., & Mitchell, K. J. (2022). Predictors of Multidisciplinary Team Sustainability in Work With Child Sex Trafficking Cases. VIOLENCE AND VICTIMS, 37(2), 222-243. doi:10.1891/VV-D-19-00073

Finkelhor, D., Walsh, K., Jones, L., Mitchell, K., & Collier, A. (2021). Youth Internet Safety Education: Aligning Programs With the Evidence Base. TRAUMA VIOLENCE & ABUSE, 22(5), 1233-1247. doi:10.1177/1524838020916257

Mitchell, K. J., Jones, L. M., Turner, H. A., Beseler, C. L., Hamby, S., & Jr, W. R. (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(17-18), 8835-8851. doi:10.1177/0886260519853393

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

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