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Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Social Work
School of Social Work

Courses Taught

Principles of Statistics and Data Analysis; Research Methods for a Diverse Society; The Science of Helping; Statistics in Criminology; Foundations of Social Policy


  • PhD, University of Illinois; MA, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

Child Maltreatment, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Food Insecurity, and Disability

Publications and Media Placements

Helton's research has been published in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Child Maltreatment, Preventative Medicine, Intelligence, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. His research has been covered by news organizations such as CNN, Reuters, US News and World Report, and St. Louis Public Radio.

Honors and Awards

  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Leadership Institute (2020)
  • 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
  • American Society of Criminology 
  • National Association of Social Workers

Community Work and Service

Dr. Jesse J. Helton came to the School of Social Work in the fall of 2014. Since that time, he has worked closely with numerous community and statewide partners around issues of child abuse and neglect, food insecurity, and family violence. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Child Maltreatment and consulting editor of the journal Social Work Research.