Vonda Jump, PhD

Center for Persons with Disabilities
University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Utah State University
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Phone: 435-797-3579
Secondary Phone: 435-757-9598
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: April 07, 2016

Vonda Jump

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: IOTI - Building Healthy Futures for Teens *
The Children's Center Project Evaluation *
Training Military Staff to Promote Servicemember Well-being through Infant Massage
Discipline(s): Human Development/Child Development
Family Studies
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Mental and Behavioral Health
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: infant massage; parent-child interactions; vulnerable children; orphans; at-risk; low-income; poverty; early childhood development; early childhood education; professional development; health;
Education: PhD in Family and Human Development; MS in Counseling Psychology; BA in French; BA in Psychology; 12 graduate credit hours in public health
Service: community training; assistance with Spanish speakers;



Vonda Kay Jump Norman

4720 Hollow Road

Nibley, UT  84321

(435) 757-9598 (H)

(435)797-3579 (W)

email: [email protected]



Rocky Mountain Public Health Certificate Program, 12 graduate credit hours in Public Health, completed July 2005

      Trainer of Trainers Candidate for International Association of Infant Massage

PhD, Family & Human Development, Utah State University, December 1998

MS in Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky, May 1991

BS in Psychology, BA in French, Centre College, June 1988



Research Scientist, Early Intervention Research Institute, Utah State University, September 2008-present.  Conduct applied research with staff members of programs serving infants and young children. 


Core Trainer and Consultant, Coming Together Around Military Families initiative, ZERO TO THREE, April 2007-2010.  Provide ongoing training and consultation to programs serving military families with children from birth to age three.


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, April 2007-present


Member, Rocky Mountain Public Health Consortium, September 2005-present


Board of Directors, Utah Association for Infant Mental Health, June 2005-present.  President, April 2008-April 2009.


Board of Directors, Hands to Hearts International, December 2004-January 2006. 


Senior Research Associate, Early Intervention Research Institute, Utah State University, September 1998-September 2008.  Conduct applied research with staff members of programs serving infants and young children. Act as Liaison and Lead Trainer with numerous early childhood programs.



Jump, V. K. (2009).  "Professional Development in Utah:  Does it Make a Difference for Quality Child Care?"  Utah Office of Child Care, 2009-2010.


Jump, V. K.  (2008).  "Strengthening Early Childhood Education in Jordan:  Professional Development for Professionals Working with Young Children."  USAID grant, 2008-2011. 


Roberts, R., & Jump, V. K.  "National Children's Study", Cache County site, in partnership with University of Utah, Ed Clark and team.  National Institutes of Health, 2007-2012.  Currently on furlough due to budget issues at the national level.


Jump, V. K.  "Infant Massage for Wellness in Infants and Young Children with Down Syndrome".  State of Utah Community/University Research Initiative, 2007-2009.


Innocenti, M., & Jump, V. K.  "Guadalupe's Children:  A Follow-Up Study of Guadalupe School Graduates",  State of Utah Community/University Research Initiative, 2003-2004.


Behl, D., & Jump, V. K.  Evaluation of Utah Medical Home Initiative.  Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 2001-2004.


Broadhead, C., & Jump, V. K.  "Evaluation of the Cost-Effectiveness and Organizational Structure of the Marathon County (Wisconsin) Start Right Child Abuse Prevention Program", Marathon County, 2001-2002. 



Undergraduate level

Online psychology of gender

Developmental psychology

Child development (prenatal through age 5)

Parenting and child guidance

Middle childhood



Children 2 to 5

Introductory life-span human development

Child abuse and neglect

Guidance of children


Graduate level

Advanced child development seminar

Seminar on social development

Seminar on developmental psychology





Boulatoff, C., & Jump, V. K.  (2007).  Blueprint of a cost-analysis approach for early intervention:  Application to a home visiting program to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Journal of Early Intervention 30 (1), 73-84. 



Jump, V. K., Fargo, J. D., & Akers, J. F.  (2006).  Impact of massage therapy on health

outcomes among orphaned infants in Ecuador: Results of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Family and Community Health 29 (4) 314-319.



Talmi, A., Jump, V. K., & Goldman-Fraser, J.  (July, 2005).  All alone:  Promoting regulation during separations from intimate caregivers.  ZERO TO THREE 25 (6), 8-13.



Boyce, L., Cook, G., Roggman, L.A., Innocenti, M., Jump, V., & Akers, J. (2004). Looking at

Books and learning language:  What do Hispanic mothers and children do?  Early Education &

Development 15 (4), 371-384.



Roggman, L. A., Boyce, L. K., Cook, G. A., & Jump, V. K.  (2001).  Inside home visits:  A collaborative look at process and quality.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 16, 53-71. 



Roberts, R., Jump, V. K., Gutshall, N., Morris, C. T., & Seanez, P.  (1999).  Nations in harmony: Native American early childhood intervention programs.  Maternal and Child Health Bureau:  Washington, D. C.



Jump, V. K. (2009, August).  Developing in-service teacher training capacity.  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Education Workshop, Washington, DC.

Jump, V. K.  (2009, April).  Military families and mental health:  Raising young children in the face of uncertainty and separation.  Utah Association for Infant Mental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jump, V. K.  (2009, February).  Promoting optimal parenting and child development.  Camp Pendleton Military Workshop, Camp Pendleton, CA. 

Jump, V. K.  (2007, December).  Separation and loss for military families:  How to help families maintain their resilience.  National Training Institute, ZERO TO THREE, Orlando, Florida. 

Interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  Aired on Health Matters, August 2, 2004, reaching 1,500,000 listeners.   



Work in orphanages is covered in Massage & Bodywork Magazine's December 2006/January

2007 issue.

Work in Ecuadorian orphanages is cover story of Massage & Bodywork Magazine

February/March 2003 issue.  



Conducted participatory relationship based trainings for orphanage staff  in Russia, Ecuador, Haiti, and India.

Speak French and Spanish fluently.

Current USAID funded project in Amman, Jordan.