Education and child welfare services policy
Child abuse and neglect
Interagency service delivery systems
School social work
Dr. Jonson-Reid studies outcomes associated with child and adolescent abuse and neglect. She is particularly interested in how the relationship between child maltreatment and later educational, health, and socio-behavioral outcomes may be moderated by child welfare and educational services provision.
She also has interests in school social work, early intervention with maltreating families, long-term service use patterns across systems, and integrating theory with services research. She has practice experience in domestic violence counseling and school social work. She worked as a school social worker and administrator with the California public school system.
Dr. Jonson-Reid is active in the area of policy and professional development in school social work on regional and national levels. She serves as a program evaluation consultant for school social workers in three school districts, a children's advocacy unit at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and various regional child welfare initiatives.
As the coordinator of the school social work option of the children, youth, and families concentration, Dr. Jonson-Reid teaches master’s level courses on social work in the public school setting, the evaluation of programs and services, and the joint practice of social work and law.