Kristian Jones’ program of research examines how youth mentoring can be utilized to promote positive outcomes for Black youth. As part of his commitment to serving diverse youth, families and communities, his scholarship examines how community-based interventions, such as mentoring, meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth to prevent detrimental outcomes and enhance positive youth development. His current research focuses on how community-based youth mentoring programs promote social justice in the communities they serve. As a Black male scholar, Jones’ research is grounded in his passion for equity and inclusion, specifically as it relates to marginalized youth.
In addition to his research and teaching experience, Jones worked as a behavioral health counselor at the Potter’s House Family and Children Treatment Center in Stone Mountain, Ga., and was a foster care counselor at Youth Villages in Cookeville, Tenn. Jones’ clinical experience contributes to his desire to have his research make a tangible impact with individuals and their communities.
Prior to joining the faculty at the UW School of Social Work, Jones received his PhD in social work from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s of education in counseling from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albany State University in Albany, Ga.