Dr Kate Jones


Research Associate

PhD

Email: kate.jones1@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4697

  • Biography

    Kate Jones, PhD (Griffith University) is a social worker and researcher. She has worked as a clinical social worker in the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation for over 15 years. Her research interests within the field of traumatic injury have included family caregiver resilience, and spiritual care education. For her doctoral project she investigated the contribution of spirituality towards family resilience after spinal cord injury. Together with her rehabilitation colleagues she has developed and evaluated a manualised resilience building program for family caregivers of relatives with traumatic injury (“Strength 2 Strength”), and developed and evaluated a spiritual care training program for rehabilitation professionals. Kate has published several papers, including two literature reviews, the findings of a staff focus group study, a staff perception survey on spirituality and spiritual care, and qualitative and quantitative studies investigating the association between spirituality and other positive outcomes after traumatic injury. Kate has joined the IES team at the University of Notre Dame to develop spiritual care training across all areas of healthcare, working in collaboration with St Vincent's Health Australia.

  • Teaching areas

    Spirituality and spiritual care in healthcare

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Spiritual Care

    Resilience after traumatic injury

    Family Caregivers

  • Journal articles

    • Simpson GK, Anderson MI, Jones KF, Genders M, Gopinath B. (2020). Do spirituality, resilience and hope mediate outcomes among family caregivers after traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury? A structural equation modelling approach. Neurorehabilitation [Epub ahead of print].
    • Gibbs LAL, Anderson MI, Simpson GK, Jones, KF. (2020) Spirituality and resilience among family caregivers of survivors of stroke: A scoping review. Neurorehabilitation [Epub ahead of print].
    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C, Simpson G. (2020). Rehabilitation health professionals’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care: The results of an online survey. Neurorehabiliation [Epub ahead of print].
    • Jones K, Simpson G, Briggs L, Dorsett P, Anderson M. (2019).  A study of whether individual  and dyadic relations between spirituality and resilience  contribute to psychological adjustment among individuals with spinal cord injuries and their family members. Clinical Rehabilitation 33(9). 1503-1514.
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Simpson G, Briggs L. (2018). Moving forward on the journey: spirituality and family resilience after spinal cord injury. Rehabilitation Psychology 63, 521-531.
    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C, Simpson G. (2018). Spirituality and its relationship with positive adjustment following traumatic brain injury: a scoping review. Brain Injury 32 (13-14), 1612-1622.
    • Mantell A, Simpson GK, Vungkhanching M, Jones KF, Strandberg S, Simonson P. (2018). Social work-generated evidence in traumatic brain injury from 1975 to 2014: A systematic scoping review. Health and Social Care in the Community 26, 433-448.
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson G. (2018). The role of spirituality in spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation: Exploring health professional perspectives. Spinal Cord Series and Cases 4:54
    • Jones, K, Simpson GK, Briggs, L, Dorsett, P. (2016) Does spirituality facilitate adjustment and resilience among individuals and families after SCI? Disability and Rehabilitation 38 (10), 921-35.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K. (2013) Resilience among family members supporting relatives with traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Clinical Rehabilitation 27(4), 367-377.
  • Conference Papers

    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C, Simpson G. Spirituality and spiritual care practice in rehabilitation: Results of an online survey. Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCOS) Annual Scientific Meeting. Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, 21-23 August 2019. [Poster]
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson G. The contribution of spirituality towards family resilience after spinal cord injury. International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of York, York, 22-26 July 2019. [Oral paper]
    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C., Simpson, G. Spirituality and spiritual care in traumatic injury rehabilitation: an exploration of staff perspectives and implications for training. International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of York, York, 22-26 July, 2019. [Oral paper]
    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C., Simpson, G. Development and evaluation of a staff training program on spiritual care practice within a rehabilitation context. International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of York, York, 22-26 July, 2019. [Work in progress presentation]
    • Jones K, Pryor J, Care-Unger C., Simpson, G. Spirituality after traumatic brain injury: The results of a scoping review. International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of York, York, 22-26 July, 2019. [oral paper]
    • Jones K. Recapturing the ‘spirit’ in social work practice. Social Workers in Disability Conference. Royal Rehab, Sydney, 7 December 2018.
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson G. Spirituality and family resilience after SCI. Research Seminar Series, Avondale College, Sydney, 4 December, 2018.
    • Jones K*, Simpson G, Daher M, Anderson M. Resilience among family members after SCI: Associations with indicators of positive adjustment. 57th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. International Convention Centre, Sydney, 13-16 September, 2018.
    • Jones K, Tate D, Heinemann A, Siddall P. Spirituality after SCI: What role does it play, and how can we better incorporate it into rehabilitation practice? 57th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. International Convention Centre, Sydney, 13-16 September, 2018 [workshop].
    • Jones K, Simpson G, Briggs L, Dorsett P. The contribution of spirituality towards family resilience after spinal cord injury (SCI): The results of a quantitative study. Annual scientific meeting of the Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society, Adelaide, 16-18th November, 2016. [Poster]
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson G. The contribution of spirituality towards family resilience after spinal cord injury (SCI): A qualitative study. Annual scientific meeting of the Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society, Adelaide, 16-18th November. [Poster]
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson G. How can spirituality be better addressed in spinal rehabilitation? Perspectives of health professionals. Annual scientific meeting of the Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society, Adelaide, 16-18th November, 2016. [Poster]
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson GK.  The contribution of spirituality toward family resilience after SCI. Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium. University of Sydney, Sydney, 27-28th November, 2015.
    • Simpson GK, Care-Unger C, Jones K. Sustaining resilience among families supporting relatives with traumatic injury: Translating strength 2 strength into practice. Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research and Sydney South West Local Health District 10th Annual Research and Teaching showcase. Liverpool Hospital, Sydney 27 November, 2015.
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson GK.  The contribution of spirituality toward family resilience after SCI: Initial findings from qualitative interviews with ten families.  Social Work Symposium. Royal Rehab, Sydney, 17th  March, 2015.
    • Jones K, Dorsett P, Briggs L, Simpson GK.  Spirituality after spinal cord injury (SCI): How can it be addressed in spinal rehabilitation? Social Work Symposium. Royal Rehab, Sydney, 17th March, 2015.
    • Simpson GK, Care-Unger C., Jones KF.  Sustaining resilience among families supporting relatives with traumatic injury: Translating strength 2 strength into practice. 13th Research Forum of the NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program. Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, 6 March, 2014.
    • Jones K, Briggs, L, Simpson GK, Dorsett, P. Spirituality after Spinal Cord Injury: A Scoping Review. Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Conference, Sydney, 21st-23rd August, 2013. [Poster]
    • Simpson GK, Jones K, Unger C, Pfeiffer D, Francis J, Young D, Oosthuizen H. Evaluating the “Strength 2 Strength” program  in building resilience among family members providing support to people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A clinical controlled trial. Pathways to client-centred care. 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 23-27 June, 2013.
    • Mantell A, Simpson G, Jones K, Strandberg T, Simonson P, Vungkhanching M. Identifying the Knowledge Base in Social Work Practice with Traumatic Brain Injury. Pathways to client-centred care. 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 23-27 June, 2013.
    • Simpson GK*, Jones K, Francis J, Pfeiffer D, Oosthuizen H, Unger C, Young D. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Evaluation of the “Strength 2 Strength” program. Inaugural South Western Sydney LHD Allied Health Research Forum. Bankstown Hospital, 16th  September, 2011.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K*. Resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Striking AcCord: Succeeding through teamwork. Combined 2011 conference, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine /Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Combined Conference, Brisbane, 13th-16th September, 2011.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K, Francis J, Pfeiffer D, Oosthuizen H, Unger C, Young D. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Evaluation of the “Strength 2 Strength” program. Combined 2011 conference, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine /Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Combined Conference, Brisbane, 13th-16th September, 2011. [Poster]
    • Jones K, Simpson GK, Francis J*, Unger C, Pfeiffer D, Oosthuizen H, Young D. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Introducing a new program. Combined 2011 conference, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine /Australian New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Combined Conference, Brisbane, 13th-16th September, 2011.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K, Pfeiffer D, Unger C, Oosthuizen H, Francis J, Young D*. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Introducing a new program.  Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Research Forum, Westmead Hospital, 12th May, 2011.
    • Simpson GK*, Jones K, Pfeiffer D, Unger C, Oosthuizen H, Francis J, Young D. Building family resilience after traumatic injury: Preliminary evaluation results for a new program. Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program Research Forum, Westmead Hospital, 12th May, 2011.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K, Pfeiffer D*, Unger C, Oosthuizen H, Francis J, Young D. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Introducing a new program. Carers NSW 2011 Biennial Conference Changing Society; Changing Needs – new directions in carer support. Sydney. March 17-18, 2011.
    • Simpson GK, Jones K*. Resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Sydney South West Area Health Service Research Showcase 2010, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, 26 November, 2010.
    • Jones K*, Simpson GK. Resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Changing Health: 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, University College Dublin , 28th June - 2nd July, 2010.
    • Jones K, Simpson G, Unger C, Pfeiffer D*, Oosthuizen H, Francis J, Young D. Building resilience among family members providing support to people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Introducing a new program. Changing Health: 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, University College Dublin, 28th June - 2nd July, 2010.