Kristian Jones

Kristian Jones

Kristian Jones is a first year doctoral student at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin. Kristian received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Albany State University and his Master’s in Education from Boston University where he studied Counseling with a concentration in Sport and Performance Psychology. Kristian is interested in researching ways to improve positive youth development, particularly among male adolescents; finding ways to alleviate and remove mental health stigma among minority populations; and utilizing early intervention and prevention methods through trauma-informed care.

Kristian began his career in the mental health field as a clinical intern for Doc Wayne Youth Services where he worked with underserved youth providing group and individual play therapy. Kristian then worked for the non-profit Youth Villages as a Foster Care Counselor, where he provided individual and family therapy as well as case management services to youth placed in foster care through state agencies. Kristian then became a Community Support Therapist for the Potter’s House Treatment Center, where he provided individual and family therapy along with advocacy. Kristian’s clinical approach is grounded in Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral orientations along with utilizing Cultural Sensitive and Strengths Based interventions.

Kristian presented research at Albany State’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and at the Southern Sociological Society Conference. He served on a research team that presented a campus wide mental health awareness plan at the Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy and was trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kristian also completed certification training on the CANS (Children and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessment.

Kristian’s goal is to combine his clinical experience with his scholarly research to find innovative and relevant ways to empower and uplift youth. Through this process he intends to become a published academic writer, and start a social media platform to promote healthy coping skills and mental wellness.

Professional Interests

Positive youth development; mental health; early intervention and prevention; juvenile justice.


  • M.Ed., Boston University


Social Work Building (SSW)

Mailing Address

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