Lani Jones

Studies mental health practice interventions with traditionally underserved populations, mental health outcomes among black women

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Lani Jones

Associate Professor
School of Social Welfare
Department: Social Welfare

Mental health; Black feminism and therapy; evidenced-based practice and group work

Campus phone: 442-5167
Campus email: [email protected]


Lani Jones is a nationally recognized speaker on mental health practice interventions with traditionally underserved populations and has served on numerous national, state and local health, human, and social service boards towards the advancement of social justice for Black women and their families.

Jones is the principal investigator on two research projects on health and mental health outcomes among Black women, towards the development of culturally congruent services. She is also the author and co-author of several articles and book chapters, including Culturally responsive group work with black women. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice (2011), "Black South African psychiatric recipients: Have they been overlooked under the recent democratization?" Journal of Health and Social Policy (2009), and "Preventing depression: Culturally relevant group work with black women," Journal of Research on Social Work Practice (2008).

Her research grant portfolio includes funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities at UAlbany, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/KnowledgeWorks; and New York State Department of Criminal Justice.