Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.

Barbara L. Jones, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Associate Dean for Health Affairs, and Co-Director for Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice

Barbara Jones is professor and associate dean for health affairs at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She is co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice, and holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Women and Gender Studies. She is also a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at University of Texas Galveston Medical School, collaborating faculty member at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and research consultant at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Jones’ research focuses on improving care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families. She teaches courses across the curriculum on topics such as grief and loss, social work in health care, psychosocial oncology and interprofessional education (IPE).

Originally from New York, Jones’ clinical experience has been primarily in the fields of pediatric oncology, children’s grief and loss, pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, adolescent and young adult oncology, grief, trauma, and survival. Her current research focuses on coordinated care for children facing illness, family resilience, pediatric palliative care, pediatric oncology social work interventions, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors.

Jones serves in a number of national leadership roles in pediatric oncology, palliative care, AYA oncology, and interprofessional and social work education including:

  • Past President of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW)
  • Steering Committee Member of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network
  • Board Member of the Social Work Hospice/ Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)
  • Member of Critical Mass, the Alliance for Young Adult Oncology
  • Mentor, College of Palliative Care, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Member of the Pediatric Oncology Psychosocial Standards of Care Workgroup of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society
  • Scientific Review Panel Member for the American Cancer Society
  • Member, NIH/NCI Adolescent and Young Adult Scientific Working Group
  • Project on Death in America Social Work Scholar
  • Master Facilitator, Education for Physicians in End of Life Care (EPEC)- Pediatrics
  • Programme Committee Member, International Congress on Palliative Care
  • Scientific Committee and Advisory Board Member, International Palliative Care Network
  • Co-Chair, Interprofessional and Transdisciplinary Practice Track, Council on Social Work Education
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Research
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

Jones has received national awards for her work in oncology and palliative care including the 2014 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Outstanding Training and Education Award, the 2013 Social Worker of the Year from the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, and the 2009 Project on Death in America Social Work Leadership Award. She has also received awards for her teaching such as the 2014 University of Texas Dads’ Centennial Teaching Fellowship Award and the 2004-05 Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award from the UT School of Social Work.

Jones is committed to improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and their families through community-based practice research, education, and advocacy.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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.


  • Ph.D., University at Albany School of Social Welfare
  • M.S.W., University at Albany School of Social Welfare
  • B.A., University at Albany


Faculty Publications

Please see CV for full list of publications.


Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.212G
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358