About

Our PURPOSE

The purpose of our qualitative study was to understand parent and caregivers’ communication practices about parental incarceration and to determine how if at all, they perceived the use of a select storybook to help children deal with the absence of an incarcerated parent. 

As an outgrowth of this research we developed communication tools for caregivers/parents to use when discussing parental incarceration with children who have an absent parent in jail or in prison.   

Our Team

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Avon Hart-Johnson, PhD, HS-BCP

Principal Researcher and Author | Avon Hart-Johnson Publications

Dr. Hart-Johnson’s research focus has been on African American females with incarcerated mates. She developed a groundbreaking theoretical framework: Symbolic Imprisonment, Grief, and Coping theory which is the basis for several of her books. She was the principal researcher for a study on family visitation in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, and Scotland). She is currently the principal researcher for the project titled “Parents and Caregivers’ Perceptions of Storytelling as a Creative Intervention for Children With Incarcerated Parents.”  Dr. Hart-Johnson is an author of several books and journal articles. 

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Geoffrey Johnson, DHL, MPA, GRS

Co-Principal Researcher | Author

Dr. Geoffrey Johnson’s research focus is on family visitation and family centric resources as intervention. He is a former federal law enforcement special agent and previous Assistant Inspector General. He is the co-Principal researcher and author on the project titled: “Parents and Caregivers’ Perceptions of Storytelling as a Creative Intervention for Children With Incarcerated Parents.”   Dr. Johnson is the author of several publications related incarceration.

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Renata Hedrington-Jones, PhD, MSW

Co-Principal Researcher

Dr. Hedrington-Jones’ research has focused on the role of social workers and other human services professionals in helping families reintegrate after parental incarceration. Her research also focused on the multiple issues families contend with without an exemplar or model to facilitate family resilience. She is the co-Principal researcher and author on the project titled: “Parents and Caregivers’ Perceptions of Storytelling as a Creative Intervention for Children With Incarcerated Parents.”  Dr. Renata Hedrington-Jones is the author of several publications.