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Melissa Jonson-Reid

Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor in Social Work
Director, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention
PhD, University of California, Berkeley​
Melissa Jonson-Reid

Phone: (314) 935-4953


Research interests:

Education and child welfare services policy

Child abuse and neglect

Interagency service delivery systems

School social work


Dr. Jonson-Reid studies how to improve 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 child maltreatment prevention, school social work, early intervention with maltreating families, long-term service use patterns across systems, and integrating theory with services research.  She has clinical 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 related to child welfare and school social work.  She serves as an evaluation consultant for numerous community based organizations and directs the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, a CDC funded center that promotes healthy young families and healthy young adults by advancing evidence-based violence prevention through a range of education, research, and training activities.

Dr. Jonson-Reid currently teaches the foundation statistics course in the PhD program and a co-teaches a Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving course on child maltreatment.  She has also taught courses on evaluation, children's policy, school social work, and the joint practice of law and social work.


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