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

Mentoring & Advising

Dr. Jones is deeply invested in supporting students and early career researcher from groups under-represented in academia.  This includes students with psychiatric disabilities, including those conventionally labelled ‘serious mental illness’ and intersections with other areas of marginalization/oppression (eg race, class, gender identity, history of incarceration).  Current or prospective students with lived experience are encouraged to reach out.

Active Projects

  • Psychiatric Disability-Based Discrimination in Higher Education.  Collaboration with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Project LETS, and Mental Health America focused on documenting and addressing multiple forms of discrimination (denial of reasonable accommodations, involuntary leaves of absence, refusal to reinstate students placed on medical leave). 

  • Mental Health Resource Hub (MHRC).  Co-direct the MHRH, based in Chennai, India at the Banyan, with Dr. Archana Padmakar.

  • Improving Long-Term Trajectories of Young Adults with Early Psychosis. Trajectory of work funded by NIDILRR, NIMH and PCORI, with a focus on strengthening specialized early psychosis services (‘Coordinated Specialty Care’), understanding disengagement, discharge and post-discharge experiences, and addressing ongoing social and structural determinants.

  • Crisis Intervention & Involuntary Commitment.  Ongoing collaborative research focused on understanding the impact of dominant crisis response approaches, including involuntary commitment, and strategies for systems transformation.

Recent Publications

Callejas, L. & Jones, N. (2022).  Meaningful participatory research in a multistakeholder collaboration on youth pathways to care: Implementation and reflections. Psychiatric Services.

Atterbury, K. & Jones, N.  (2022). Overcoming factionalism in serious mental illness policy making: A counter-perspective. Psychiatric Services.

Jones, N., Gius, B.*, Shields, M., Florence, A., Watson, A., & Munson, M. (2021).  Youth and young adult accounts of interactions with police officers in the context of involuntary psychiatric hold initiation. Psychiatric Services.

Jones, N., Gius, B.*, Shields, M., Collings, S.*, Rosen, C. & Munson, M. (2021).  Impact of youth and young adult involuntary hospitalization on subsequent help-seeking and disclosure of suicidal ideation.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Jones, N., Kamens, S., Mascayano, F., Perry, C., Olowuye, D., Manseau, M.  & Compton, M. (2021). Structural disadvantage and culture, race & ethnicity in early intervention in psychosis services: International landscape and provider views. Psychiatric Services.

Jones, N., Atterbury, L., Byrne, L., Carras, M., Hansen, M. & Phalen, P. (2021). Lived experience, research leadership and the transformation of mental health services: Building a pipeline. Psychiatric Services

Full list available at ResearchGate

Social Media

Twitter: @viscidula 


Areas of Expertise