Juan Antonio Rios Jr. holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate in Social Work and is a Social Work Futures Health Equity Fellow. A licensed clinical social worker, he has provided clinical mental health trainings and counseling to community survivors of gun violence and trauma-informed trainings to national, state, and local government agencies.
Juan has also served as a research fellow at the Huamin China Foundation at Rutgers University and provided trainings and lectures nationally and internationally on philanthropy, trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, race bias, men and masculinity, and mindfulness. His research has studied the traumatic effects of migration and issues surrounding masculinity among men of color and depression. Most recently, Juan was awarded the Teaching Innovation Grant at Seton Hall University on his work integrating Virtual Reality to Teach Social Justice.
Juan was the previous director of the Masters of Social Work program and full-time faculty professor at Seton Hall University. He is co-chair of the National Association of Social Workers-New Jersey (NASW-NJ) Ethics Board Committee, serves on the NASW-NJ Cultural Competency Nomination Identification Committee, and is the NASW-NJ State Delegate Representative for Social Workers. He also serves on various Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees both on and off campus, and as an inaugural faculty member of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Seton Hall University. Juan has provided consultation to various government agencies regarding restorative justice practices and community-led diversion programs.