Affiliated Doctoral Students

Veronica R. Barrios

Education – MA, College of Saint Elizabeth; BA, Montclair State University

Research Interests – Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention; Disclosure Processes; Intersectionality; Youth Program Development and Consulting; Program Evaluation; Sibling Rivalry/Relations; Public Policy and Implementation

Veronica Barrios holds a MA degree in Forensic Psychology and Counseling where she focused her portfolio work on sexual abuse survivors. She interned at the Morris County Sexual Assault Center as an individual and group counselor for survivors of all ages. She now serves the Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters as a United States representative for the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She also consults for the Salesian Sisters’ educational settings, creating and providing empowerment programming for the school communities. Veronica directs the summer program at Mary Help of Christians Camp, serving over 250 families each summer. She is also a Suicide Prevention trainer for the state of New Jersey.

Veronica is pursuing a PhD in Family Studies from Montclair State University. Her current research focuses on the impact of sexual abuse on siblings and families as well as the influence of intersectionality and social position on the decision to disclose sexual abuse. She joined the REDSS lab in 2012, and assists the team on various projects. She is also pursuing her Evaluation Certification.

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Rebecca SwanRebecca Swann-Jackson 

Education – MEd, Rutgers University; BA, University of North Carolina- Charlotte

Research Interests – Program Evaluation; Academic Achievement, Experiences and Socialization of Minority Boys; Father Involvement; Child Welfare

Rebecca has over ten years of experience as an evaluator of educational programs and community-based initiatives serving urban children and families. She has managed evaluations for varied clients, including school districts, state departments of education, community organizations and foundations, and child welfare agencies. An experienced methodologist, she has applied evaluation principles to projects focused on school-based programs for at-risk youth, school reform, family homelessness, community health, community revitalization, systems integration and systems change, child welfare, substance use, and school violence. Ms. Swann-Jackson has a MEd from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation.

Rebecca is currently pursuing a PhD in Family Studies while also working for CREEHS at MSU. She is currently working in REDSS on the Inspire>Aspire project.

Office — University Hall, Room 4110
Phone — (973) 655-2049
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Jennifer A. Pax

Education  MSW, Rutgers University; JD, New York School of Law at City University; BS, Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests – Adolescence and Transition to Adulthood; Life Course Development and Bioecological Model; Child Welfare; and Professional Social Work Practice

Jennifer has over ten years of work experience. She is currently on the faculty in the Master of Social Work Program at Kean University, and practices clinical social work.  She teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Research Methods among other courses. Prior to joining Kean, she held a directorship in healthcare and worked as a family lawyer/mediator.  Jennifer is an interdisciplinary thinker and has enjoyed the collaborative nature of the students and faculty in the Doctoral Program in Family Studies. She is currently engaged in using the Panel Study for Income Dynamics (PSID), a longitudinal data set, to pursue her research interests related to the transition to adulthood. 

Phone — (908) 737-4042
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