Laura Backen Jones, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.S., 1996
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Psychology

M.A., 1997
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Developmental Psychology

Ph.D., 2003
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Developmental Psychology

Dr. Jones is a developmental psychologist whose research focus is on promoting nurturing practices among parents, families and teachers. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the community setting as a practitioner, and currently is coordinator of a parenting center that serves over 500 families each year. In addition to working with families, Laura has extensive experience working in the school setting, training teachers and parents to work more effectively with children. Laura has expertise in developing and evaluating web-based programs, including three NIH-funded projects to develop and evaluate online parenting programs and an online youth suicide prevention program for high school staff. Laura has three grown children, Nick, Gwen and Kate. In her spare time Laura likes to hike, do martial arts, and dabble in marathons.

Current Projects

Reducing Teacher Stress & Building a More Effective School Culture

PROJECT PERIOD

06/10/09 - 05/31/15

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Anthony Biglan

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, Julie Rusby, John Seeley

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Efficacy Trial of Carescapes: Promoting Social Development in Home-based Child Care

PROJECT PERIOD

03/01/09 - 02/28/14

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, Keith Smolkowski

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Improving Access to Early Parent Education and Support

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/09 - 06/30/13

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, John Seeley

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Publications

Rusby, J. C., Crowley, R., Jones, L. B., & Smolkowski, K. (in press). Providing opportunities to learn in home-based child care settings: Observations of learning contexts and behavior. Early Education and Development.

Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2016). An efficacy trial of Carescapes: Home-based child care practices and children’s social outcomes. Child Development, 87(4), 1291–1310. doi:10.1111/cdev.12541

Abstract or Full Text

Hinds, E., Jones, L. B., Gau, J. M., Forrester, K. K., & Biglan, A. (2015). Teacher Distress and the Role of Experiential Avoidance. Psychology In The Schools, 52(3), 284-297

Abstract or Full Text

Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2013). Associations of caregiver stress with working conditions, caregiving practices, and child behaviour in home-based child care. Early Child Development and Care, 183, 1589-1604. doi:10.1080/03004430.2012.742992

Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., Smolkowski, K., & Arthun, C. (2013). Predictors of home-based child care providers’ participation in professional development workshops and coaching. Child & Youth Care Forum, 42, 439-455. doi:10.1007/s10566-013-9209-y

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Rusby, J. C, Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2013). The Child Care Ecology Inventory: A domain-specific measure of home-based child care quality to promote social competence for school readiness. [Special issue on family child care]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 947-959. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.02.003

Biglan, A., Layton, G., Jones, L.B., Hankins, F. M., & Rusby, J. C. (2013). The value of workshops on psychological flexibility for early childhood special education staff. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32(4), 196–210. doi:10.1177/0271121411425191

Abstract or Full Text

Feil, E.G., Gordon, D., Waldron, H, Jones, L., & Widdop, C. (2011) Development and pilot testing of an Internet-based version of Parenting Wisely, Family Psychologist, 27 (22), 22-26.

Jones, L. (2011) Divorce and Separation: Commentary on Kline Pruett and McIntosh. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

Parenting: The First Three Years (Co-author). A 30-session developmentally-based group parenting curriculum with a focus on appreciating children’s individual differences and learning effective parenting skills and positive approaches to discipline.

Abstract or Full Text

Seeley, J. R., Rohde, P., & Jones, L. (2010). School-based prevention and intervention for depression and suicidal behavior. In M. R. Shinn, H. M. Walker, & G. Stoner (Eds.), Interventions for achievement and behavior problems in a three-tier model including response to intervention (pp. 363-396). Silver Spring, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Jones, L. (2004). The family check-up for families of high-risk preschoolers: The moderating effect of children’s temperament. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences & Engineering, 64(8-B), 4083. US: Univ Microfilms International.

Jones, L.B., Rothbart, M.K., & Posner, M.I. (2003). The development of executive attention in preschool children. Developmental Science, 6(5), 498-504.

Berger, A., Jones, L.B., Rothbart, M.K., & Posner, M.I. (2000). Computerized games to study the development of attention in childhood. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers, 32, 297-303.

Rothbart, M.K. & Jones, L. B. (1999). Temperament: Developmental perspectives. In Gallimore, R., Bernheimer, C. MacMillan, D., Speece, D., & Vaughn, S. (Eds.), Developmental perspectives in children with high incidence disabilities: Papers in honor of Barbara Keogh. New Jersey: Erlbaum.

Rothbart, M.K. & Jones, L.B. (1998). Temperament, self-regulation, and education. School Psychology Review, 27(4), 479-491.

Experience

2009-
Associate Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2004-2005
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2004-
Program Coordinator
Community Center for Family Counseling, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

2003-2009
Behavioral Research Scientist
IRIS Ed, Eugene, OR

1999-2002
Intervention Coordinator
Child and Family Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1997-2003
Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1996-1999
Research Coordinator, Attention and Temperament Laboratory
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR