Lani V. Jones

Lani V. Jones

School of Social Welfare
Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Richardson 211

PhD, Boston College, 2000

MSW, Boston College, 1994

BA, University of Washington, Seattle, 1992

Lani Jones

Lani V. Jones, PhD LICSW is a Black feminist scholar and therapist. She is a Professor in the School of Social Welfare and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She serves as the Commissioner on the NYS Civil Service Commission

Dr. Jones has more than twenty years of experience in providing therapy to Women of Color. Her research and scholarship are concentrated in the area of mental health practice research with a focus on enhancing psychosocial competence among Women of Color. Her works include Reenvisioning therapy with women of color (NASW Press 2020), African Americans and depression: Signs, awareness, treatments, and interventions (Roman & Littlefield), as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Selected articles:

Jones, L.V. & Harris, M.A. (2019). Developing a Black feminist analysis for mental health practice: From theory to praxis. Women & Therapy doi:10.1080/02703149.2019.1622908

Jones, L.V., Ahn, S., *Quezada, N.M., & *Chakravarty, S. (2018). Enhancing counseling services for Black college women attending HBCUs. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1449689

Carlson, B.L., Jones, L.V., Harris, M., *Quezada, N., & Frazer, R. (2017). Trauma shared recognition and indigenous resistance on social media. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 21, 1-18. doi:10.3127/ajis.v21i0.1570

Jones, L.V. & Guy-Sheftall, B.L. (2015). Conquering the Black girl blues: Revisiting Black feminist perspectives in therapy. Social Work, 60(4), 343-350. doi:10.1093/sw/swv032

Jones, L.V. (2015). Black feminisms: Renewing sacred healing spaces. Affilia, Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(2), 246-252. doi:10.1177/0886109914551356