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Jesse J. Helton, Ph.D.

Associate 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.  (2020). 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

  • 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
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work and Research

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 American Professional Society of Child Abuse (APSAC) prevention committee, a national group dedicated to meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for abused and neglected children and their families. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Child Maltreatment and consulting editor of the journal Social Work Research.