Jon R. Conte is a teacher and scholar whose area of expertise centers on mental health issues related to child abuse and trauma. He holds a bachelor of arts in sociology-anthropology from Whittier College as well as a master and a doctorate in social work, both from the University of Washington.
Conte has been with the School of Social Work since 1990. In the 1980s, he was an associate professor at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and before then, an assistant professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois.
He was also director of program evaluation and research at Seattle Children’s Home, has taught at several area community colleges, and served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Montana. He maintains a private practice on Mercer Island, specializing in forensic mental health issues surrounding child abuse and the effect of trauma work on health care professionals.
A founding president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Conte was honored by the association in 2012 with the designation of professor emeritus for life. In 2009, he received the society’s Ron C. Laney Award for Distinguished Service. He is a lifetime member of the APSAC Board where he serves as a senior advisor.
Conte is the editor of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Trauma, Violence and Abuse: A Review Journal, and is the consulting editor for the Journal of Forensic Social Work.. He has written scores of articles, chapters and monographs, and has edited several books including his most recent publication, Child Abuse and Neglect Worldwide, a three-volume set published in 2014 by Praeger, which examines classic, current and emerging research on child neglect and abuse in countries around the world.
He has presented papers at numerous conferences and meetings throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Singapore, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.