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Barbara Jones, Ph.D., MSW


Ph.D., Social Work
University at Albany

MSW, Social Work
University at Albany


Barbara Jones is the Josleen and Frances Lockhart memorial professor of direct social work practice and associate dean for health affairs at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She is also a university distinguished teaching professor and co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. At Dell Medical School, she is chair of Department of Health Social Work, associate director of social sciences and community-based research at the Livestrong Cancer Institutes and professor of oncology, population health and psychiatry.

She is also a founding Steering Committee member of the University of Texas at Austin Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education. 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 past president of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) and 2013 APOSW Social Worker of the Year.

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 Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

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 cancer survivors. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health, Palliative Care Research Network, Ascension Seton, 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. Jones is associate editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. She has also been appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Childhood Cancers and Disability.

Professional Affiliations
  • International Family Caregivers Research Center
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network
  • Alliance for Childhood Cancer
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education
Awards & Honors
  • Innovations in Professional Nursing Award for Academic Health Centers
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2018
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers
    The University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • Leadership Scholars in Social Work Education Award
    Council on Social Work Education, 2016
  • Distinguished Scholar and Fellow
    National Academies of Practice, 2015
  • Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
    The University of Texas System, 2014