Nev Jones

  • Assistant Professor

Nev Jones is a community engaged mental health services researcher,  with an interdisciplinary academic background in social and political philosophy (BA, MA, postbaccalaureate fellowship), community psychology (MA, PhD) and medical anthropology (postdoc).  In addition to academic roles she has worked in the NGO sector (in Nepal), in state government and as director of research and evaluation for a large, multi-county social services and mental health agency.    Her research is most often mixed methods and concerned with issues of epistemic justice and structural racism as they play out across the vectors of class, disability, systems involvement and geopolitical positionality.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Transformative change and technology transfer within public sector community health services, particularly those focused on long-term mental health challenges/disability;
  • Impacts of race, class, income and community context on long-term trajectories in psychosis as they span service use, intersections with social services and the criminal justice system, economic mobility and community integration;
  • The amplification of key stakeholder perspectives on intervention and system design, quality improvement, implementation and evaluation;
  • Crisis response systems and the specific role and impact of police involvement and involuntary service models, especially in the context of initial youth/young adult pathways into and through care.

Dr. Jones is currently an editorial board member and series/column editor for both Psychiatric Services and Community Mental Health Journal; on the board of the International Early Psychosis Association, a Commissioner for the Lancet Psychiatry Commission on the Psychoses in a Global Context, and member of the expert advisory board for the data harmonization initiative of the International Association of Mental Health Research Funders (IAMHRF).  Her research has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

On the community and advocacy side, Dr. Jones founded and facilitates the international ‘Transform Mental Health Research’ initiative, focused on building service user/client involvement and leadership, and co-founded and previously co-directed the Lived Experience Research Network, Chicago Hearing Voices and the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network.  She is deeply invested in mentoring and supporting a future generation of researchers with diverse experiences and backgrounds, and who have been historically under-represented in research, including students with experience of psychiatric disabilities, incarceration and/or public sector services, first generation college students and students from under-represented ethnic/racial and gender minority groups. 

Research Interests

  • Youth mental health, psychosis & SMI across the lifespan

  • Crisis services/interventions

  • Recovery oriented systems

  • Global mental health

  • Stakeholder participation in mental health services research, peer & family support

  • SED/SMI and the criminal justice system (diversion, reentry)

  • Racial/ethnic & socioeconomic disparities in public sector mental health services


Publications can be found on Research Gate

Social Media

Twitter: @viscidula 


Areas of Expertise