Barbara Jones, Ph.D., is the Josleen and Frances Lockhart Memorial Professor for Direct Practice in Social Work, University Distinguished Professor, associate dean for health affairs, and director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice at the at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. At Dell Medical School, Jones is chair of the Department of Health Social Work, and professor in the Departments of Health Social Work, Population Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She is also a founding steering committee member of the UT Austin Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) with colleagues at Dell Medical School, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy.

Jones is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and vice-chair of the Social Work Academy. She is the past president of 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 in 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 (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.


Curriculum Vitae

Professional Interests

Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, grief and loss, childhood cancer survivors, adolescent and young adult oncology, children with medical complexity, parenting interventions in pediatrics, resilience, meaning-making and post traumatic growth, interprofessional education, integrated behavioral health, medical ethics, and international social work.