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Jennifer Elkins

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Curriculum Vitae

279 Williams Street, Rm 348
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-5473

Twitter: @DrJElkins

Teaching Specialties
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Groups and Families; Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents; Domestic Violence; Child Abuse and Neglect; Psychopathology

Research Interests
Sexual Abuse and Child Maltreatment; Interpersonal and Multigenerational Trauma; Violence and Loss; PTSD and Trauma Related Disorders; Ecological/ Transactional and Risk/Resilience Processes Across the Lifespan; Culturally Congruent Research and Practice




Jennifer Elkins

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Social Work, Columbia University
MSSW, University of Wisconsin
B.A., Psychology and Social Work, University of Wisconsin

Jennifer Elkins studies diverse populations and age groups that have experienced trauma, violence, abuse and loss. She is particularly interested in the impact of trauma and loss over the life course and understanding the underlying micro- to macro-level mechanisms contributing to adaptive and maladaptive developmental outcomes. Her direct practice experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Selected Publications

Ezeamama, A., Elkins, J., Simpson, C., Smith, S., Allegra, J. & Miles, T. (2015). Indicators of resilience and healthcare outcomes: Findings from the 2010 Health and Retirement Survey. Quality of Life Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1144-y

Elkins, J., Miller, S., Briggs, H. & Skinner, S. (2015). Teaching with Tupac: Building a solid grounding in theory across the social work education continuum. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Gearing, R. E., Brewer, K. B., Elkins, J., Ibrahim, R. W., MacKenzie, M. J., & Schwalbe, C. S. (2015). Prevalence and correlates of PTSD, depression, and suicidality in Jordanian youth in institutional care. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 203(3), 175-181