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Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.

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

Courses Taught

Principles of Statistics and Data Analysis; Policy and Practice; Research Methods for Social Work Practice I and II; Foundations of Social Policy


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

Research Interests

Child abuse and neglect; disability and health; food insecurity.

Publications and Media Placements

  1. Helton, J. J., Carbone, J., Vaughn, M., & Cross, T. P.  (In press). Emergency department admissions of child sexual abuse. JAMA Pediatrics. 
  2. Helton, J. J., Lightfoot, E., Fu, Q. J, & Bruhn, C.M.  (2019). Prevalence and severity of child impairment in a national US sample of child maltreatment investigations: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 40(4), 285-292.
  3. Helton, J. J., Jackson, D. B., Vaughn, M. G., & Boutwell, B. B.  (2019).  Household food insecurity and parent-to-child aggression. Child Maltreatment, 24(2), 213-221.

 Find Jesse Helton on ResearchGate

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Eureka College (2018)
  • 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 Association of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work and Research