Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones


Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor of Direct Practice in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Dr. Barbara Jones is University Distinguished Teaching Professor and The Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor of Direct Social Work Practice at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She is also Associate Dean for Health Affairs at the School and Co-Director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. At Dell Medical School, she has appointments as Chair of the Social Work Domain, Associate Director of Social Sciences and Community Based Research at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes and Professor of Oncology, Population Health and Psychiatry. She is a Founding Steering Committee Member of the UT Austin Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE).

Dr. Jones is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and immediate past Vice-Chair of the Social Work Academy. She is the Past President of APOSW and 2013 APOSW Social Worker of the Year. Dr. Jones was co-investigator on ExCEL in Social Work, an NCI-funded project to train oncology social workers, for which she received the 2014 APOS Outstanding Training and Education Award. She is a PDIA Social Work Scholar, and recipient of the PDIA Social Work Leadership Award. She serves on the National Advisory Board of the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program, on the Steering Committee of the National Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network and on the Board of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Dr. Jones’ research focuses on improving care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families. Her current research focuses on palliative care, pediatric oncology social work interventions, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health, Palliative Care Research Network, Seton Healthcare System, Texas State Department of Health and various foundations resulting in publications in top tier journals, including Pediatrics, Cancer, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Dr. Jones is Associate Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.