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Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Social Work
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Courses Taught

Research Methods for Social Work Practice I and II; Social Policy; Children, Youth, and Family Services and Policy


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

Child maltreatment; child welfare; disability and health; food insecurity.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Helton, J. J., Boutwell, B. B., & DiBernardo, M.  (2017).  The relative safety of paternal, maternal, and traditional foster care placements. Child Abuse and Neglect, 70, 1-10.

  2. Helton, J. J., Schreiber, J. C., & Fiese, B. H.  (2017). Foster Parents' Nutritional Strategies and Children's Well-Being. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 4(2), 159-169.

  3. Helton, J. J.  (2016).  Food neglect and maltreatment re-reports.  Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 77-83.

Find Jesse Helton on ResearchGate

Honors and Awards

  • Innovative Teaching Fellowship, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (2014)

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Prevention Committee
  • National Associate of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work and Research