Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist                    Trauma Expert

About Russell T. Jones, Ph.D.
Recent Vitae

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology, as well as child and adult psychopathology.  

He and his students have studied natural and man-made disasters, as well as interpersonal violence. 

He is also an expert in the behavioral sciences and disaster preparedness. Disorders of primary interest include:

-  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its co-morbidities
-  Depression

Dr. Jones has served as a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings.

Dr. Jones is the founder and director of R.E.A.A.C.T. (Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma), a program that is designed to assist children and their families following trauma.


Dr. Jones' research and background spans numerous areas, applying his expertise and experience as a Clinical Psychologist.

Examples of areas he has been involved in:

-1991 Painted Cave Fires
-1992 Hurricane Andrew

Guiding Frameworks
  -Social cognitive theory (coping efficacy, mastery)
  -Stress and coping theory (appraisals)
  -Conservation and resources theory (gain and loss spirals)
  -Social support deterioration (received versus perceived)
    -Residential and wildfires (coping/RSL)
    -Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina (SS, PTG)
    -Virginia Tech Shootings (S-E, WV, Grief, Forgiveness)
  -PTSD and its co-morbidities
  -Traumatic brain injury