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Jiyoung K. Tabone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Tabone’s interest is in examining the effects of traumatic experiences on children’s development and developing effective preventative intervention services. She advanced her substantive knowledge through her postdoctoral fellowship in integrated behavioral health services and outcomes research. She has worked on randomized clinical trials to reduce risk of child abuse and neglect along with longitudinal studies of child abuse and neglect. After joining WVU School of Social Work, Dr. Tabone’s prevention research has particularly focused on trauma-informed care for children who experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) including parental opioid overdose in rural settings by understanding West Virginia’s unique situation and its rural culture. Through a partnership with a community agency, she examines the effects of a school-based preventive intervention program, Trauma-Informed Elementary School (TIES), and the clinical benefits of utilizing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment to guide intervention based on the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model to address children’s trauma related symptoms in a rural setting. Recently, Dr. Tabone has expanded ACEs’ outcomes to adult obesity as ACEs is known as one of the most common risk factors for adult obesity, and she is investigating its etiology with connection to childhood trauma and effects on psychological testing and bariatric surgical outcomes among patients with obesity in West Virginia.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.P.A., Pusan National University in South Korea


  • Research Methods
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Risk and Resilience
  • Program Evaluation 
  • Data Analysis and Statistics


  • Childhood Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Prevention and Intervention Service Research
  • Risk and Resilience Research
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Obesity


  • MSW Committee
  • PhD Committee
  • Faculty Search Committee-Assistant Professor


  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Council on Social Work Education


Tabone, J.K., Rishel, C.W., Hartnett, H.P., Szafran, K.F., & Royse, R. (2022). Examining the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Gender on Trauma-Informed Intervention Outcomes.  Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.

Tabone, J.K., Cox, S, Aylward, L., Abunnaja, S., Szoka, N., & Tabone, L.E. (2022). The Roles of Depression and Binge Eating in the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Obesity.  Obesity Surgery.

Tabone, J.K., Rishel, C.W., Hartnett, H.P., & Szafran, K. (2021). Trauma-informed intervention with children: Integrating the CANS assessment with the ARC framework in a clinical setting,  Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma.

Tabone, J.K., Rishel, C.W., Hartnett, H.P., & Szafran, K. (2020). Examining the effectiveness of early intervention to create trauma-informed school environments.  Children and Youth Services Review, 113.

Tabone, J.K. (2019).  Adolescent Maltreatment and Risk Behaviors: A Comparison of Child Protective Service Reports and Youth Self-reports,   Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 36, 685-695.