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Tiffanie Jones, PhD, LMSW
Areas of Expertise:
- PhD in Social Work from Howard University
- MSW from University of Missouri at Columbia
- BA in Mass Communications from Dillard University
Tiffanie Victoria Jones is a New Orleans native, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Dillard University in her hometown, an MSW degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a PhD degree in social work from Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Jones has taught at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels, predominantly in the Master's program in the research sequence. She specializes and has extensive training in research methodology. Specifically, her skill set lies most heavily in research design (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods design) and data analysis (multivariate and advanced statistics). Dr. Jones has experience with NVIVO conducting qualitative analysis and even greater proficiency with SPSS for quantitative analysis.
Beyond her training, Dr. Jones served as the methodologist and advisor for several Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Moreover, she has taught over 20 research-related courses, which primarily include research methods and bivariate and multivariate statistics. She has also served in a research role within 13 capacities at various universities.
Dr. Jones' research agenda centers primarily on mental health in special and vulnerable populations, for which she has a few scholarly publications. Her scholarship currently focuses on black male-law enforcement lethal interactions. She has also conducted research on high collision athletes, who, by nature of frequent head contact within their sports, are at high risk of developing early-onset dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a severe brain disorder that develops from multiple traumatic head injuries, namely concussions. This risk further places them in the aging population much sooner than their non-athletic peers. She is most interested in developing interventions that improve the psychosocial functioning of athletes who are experiencing some form of cognitive decline or dementia. She also plans to expand her research to similar populations.
Lastly, Dr. Jones' research interest also includes innovative teaching techniques to increase higher-order thinking skills and student engagement. Dr. Jones' main purpose in her teaching is to develop in her students the ability to be GREAT THINKERS.
ADA Settlement Grant, 2016, Division of Family and Children Services ($25,000)
IMPACT – Family-Centered Practice Model Grant, 2016, Division of Family and Children Services ($51,356)
Jones, T.V. (2021). Applying medicine’s “Never Events” model to law enforcement’s disparate killings of black male civilians. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 9, 168-186. https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2021.95013.
Abu-Bader, S. & Jones, T.V. (2021). Statistical mediation analysis using the Sobel Test and Hayes SPSS process macro. International Journal of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, 9(1), 42-61. https://ssrn.com/abstract=3799204.
Jin, S., Jones, T.V., & Lee, Y. (2019). Risk and protective factors of Internet addiction in African American students: Depression and resilience. Journal of Negro Education, 88(2), 114-129. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.88.2.0114.
Jones, T.V. (2016). Predictors of perceptions of mental illness and averseness to help: A survey of high collision athletes. Journal of Mental Health, 6, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2015.1124384.
Jones, T.V. (2011). The immersion of social work profession into the realm of high collision sports. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Studies, 3(2), 467-477.
Community Involvement / Board Positions
- Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (founding member)
- North American Association of Christians in Social Work
- American Association of Blacks in Higher Education