Hannah Jones, Psy.D.
Dr. Hannah Jones has had a heart for psychology since the age of 15. As an undergraduate student majoring in psychology at Howard University, she began to identify her passion for identity formation and positive racial socialization. These areas of interest converged into a specific desire to serve underserved children and communities. This eventually led to a position as a case manager at a nonprofit mentoring organization and enrollment in Regent University's Psy.D. program.
As a Regent student, she worked with local community agents to conduct resource needs assessments and identify ways that Regent could provide witness and support to marginalized communities. Jones also led as president of the local student chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, where she built interdepartmental connections, developed a quarterly newsletter, attracted members with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, completed community service projects, and held educational programs addressing cultural issues.
After four years on campus, Jones served as a predoctoral intern and postdoctoral fellow at WestCoast Children’s Clinic’s APA-accredited training program. Having moved across the country, away from family and friends to a new place, she knew she was being prepared to build connections and learn deeply and intensely about herself and her craft. At WestCoast, she used a trauma-informed perspective to help children and families involved with foster care heal from traumatic experiences and early attachment ruptures, rebuild and recognize their internal resiliency, access environmental resources, and acknowledge, articulate, and respond to emotional needs.
It was in the San Francisco Bay Area that Jones began to integrate her research and clinical interests. She also built a private practice, worked as a family therapist, conducted professional workshops and organizational consultations, led multidisciplinary case conferences, and taught at the undergraduate level.
After four years in California, she returned home to Virginia and Regent. In her role as an assistant professor in the Psy.D. program, Jones says she's grateful to contribute to the cause of guiding and shaping the next generation of Christian psychologist-leaders to change the world.
Additionally, Jones provides psychotherapy and organizational consultation through her private practice: Dear Dr. Jones Therapy & Consulting. Throughout all of her work, clinically and academically, a uniting thread is that she recognizes her calling to provide witness, reciprocity, unconditional love and regard, and a message of hope to the people she serves and works alongside.
Jones volunteers at her home church with the youth ministry, enjoys singing, and occasionally leads worship. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry and prose, cooking, sightseeing, spending time with loved ones, swimming, being outdoors, and watching her dog, Daisy, run free at the park.