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Barbara Jones

Core Faculty Ph. D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Barbara Jones is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she also holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Women and Gender Studies.

Dr. Jones is originally from New York State and received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Albany, where she also received a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Dr. Jones' social work practice experience has included 15 years as a clinical social worker with homeless and runaway adolescents, bereaved parents, grieving children, and children with life threatening illnesses. Dr. Jones has also been involved in community organizing and policy work around HIV/AIDS, victim services, and health care needs of children.

Dr. Jones is the President-Elect of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) and a Steering Committee Member of the Network o Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Dr. Jones is a Project on Death in America Social Work Scholar and principal investigator on a study of the role of social work in pediatric palliative care. Dr. Jones serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life Care (Haworth Press) and has written articles on the needs of children and families at the end-of-life. Dr. Jones is a member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer.

Dr. Jones' clinical experience has been primarily in the field of children's loss, pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, grief, trauma, and survival. Most recently, Dr. Jones was the Director of Pediatric Programs at the Center for Advanced Illness Coordinated Care and a Clinical Faculty member and Senior Clinical Social Worker at Albany Medical Center Children's Cancer Center. Previously Dr. Jones was the Coordinator of the Children's Bereavement Program at St. Peter's Hospice in NY. Dr. Jones has served as a Steering Committee Member of the National Alliance for Children with Life Threatening Conditions (NACWLTC), Chairperson of the NACWLTC Clinical Models Work Group, member of the Children's Oncology Group End-Of-Life Committee and member of the New York State Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Advisory Group. Dr. Jones consults and lectures nationally on issues of pediatric palliative care, grief and loss, and the role of social work in health care. Dr. Jones' newest research project is a study of the meaning of surviving cancer for Hispanic/Latino adolescents funded by a grant from the Center for Health Promotion Research at the UT School of Nursing.

Dr. Jones is committed to improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through community-based practice research and advocacy.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Pediatric palliative and end of life care, grief and loss, childhood cancer survivors, hope and resiliency, spirituality 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

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