Alesia Jones PhDAssistant Professor and Director of Behavioral Medicine University of Illinois College of Medicine RockfordFamily and Community Medicine
Alesia Jones, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford (UICOMR). She serves as the Director of Behavioral Science for the Family Medicine Residency Program and Interim Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship for the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hawkins’ research area focuses on the study of interpersonal violence and the psychological, emotional and behavioral consequences of victimization. Her research also includes examination of health care delivery to violence exposed individuals and improving the identification and response to victims of violence within the context of primary care.
Dr. Hawkins has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her research, clinical work and teaching including the UICOMR Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, the Robert Magwood, Jr Award for Outstanding Service to Crime Victims and 2011 Rockford YWCA Women of Achievement, Professions Award. She has been awarded grants and scholarships from the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of Illinois, and the Medical University of South Carolina. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to trauma and present on violence exposure and mental health at national and local conferences. Prior to joining the UICOMR, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Areas of Interest
- Identification of family and interpersonal violence in primary care
- Mental health disparities among ethnic/racial minorities and impoverished communities
- Community violence and homicide survivorship
- Violence prevention research
- Workshops and presentations on adolescent and adult violence exposure