Lisa Jones

Phone: (603) 862-2515
Office: Family Research Lab, 10 West Edge Dr, 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) 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.


  • 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 victimization and abuse, with a focus on epidemiology and prevention research

Selected Publications

Hamby, S., Taylor, E., Smith, A., Mitchell, K., Jones, L., & Newlin, C. (2019). New measures to assess the social ecology of youth: A mixed‐methods study. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(7), 1666-1681. doi:10.1002/jcop.22220

Williamson, E., O’Brien, J., Jones, L., Mitchell, K., & Dunford, L. (2019). Featured counter-trafficking program: Love146. Child Abuse & Neglect, 104131. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104131

Mitchell, K. J., Turner, H. A., & Jones, L. M. (2019). Youth Exposure to Suicide Attempts: Relative Impact on Personal Trauma Symptoms. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56(1), 109-115. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2018.09.008

Wells, M., Mitchell, K. J., Jones, L. M., & Turner, H. A. (2019). Peer Harassment among Youths with Different Disabilities: Impact of Harassment Online, in Person, and in Mixed Online and In-Person Incidents. Children & Schools, 41(1), 17-24. doi:10.1093/cs/cdy025

Finkelhor, D., Saito, K., & Jones, L. (2018). Updated Trends in Child Maltreatment. Crimes Against Children Research Center.

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., & 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

Jones, L. M., Finkelhor, D., & Kopiec, K. (2001). Why is sexual abuse declining? a survey of state child protection administrators. Child Abuse & Neglect, 25(9), 1139-1158. doi:10.1016/s0145-2134(01)00263-0

Jones, L. M., Mitchell, K. J., & Finkelhor, D. (n.d.). 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

Most Cited Publications