Dr. Hannah Jones knew she was interested in psychology from the age of 15 and always felt drawn to working with children. As an undergraduate student majoring in psychology at Howard University, she began to identify her passion for identity formation and positive racial socialization. As she continued to matriculate, these areas of interest converged into a specific passion for serving underserved children and communities. Eventually, the Lord led her to serve as a case manager at a nonprofit mentoring organization; and then to apply to Regent University’s Psy.D. program. This was the first defining act of faith that shaped her career and brought her closer to her calling.
During her time at Regent, Jones used her gift of creating community to work directly with former president Dr. Carlos Campo as a community liaison for a university-wide service project. In this role, she worked with local community agents to conduct resource needs assessments and identify ways that Regent could provide witness and support to marginalized communities. As a student, she served as president of the local student chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, wherein she built interdepartmental connections, developed a quarterly newsletter, conducted member outreach, 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. This was her second defining act of faith, moving across the country, away from home, family and friends. 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 here she began to integrate her passions for children, community, and the practice of psychology.
Recently, Jones carried out the third defining act of faith in her career — after four years of private practice, consulting with local mental health organizations, and fulfilling work as a family therapist in San Francisco, she returned home to Virginia and to Regent. In her role as an assistant professor in the Psy.D. program, Jones aims to integrate the foundational training she received here with the expertise and specialty she developed in other professional settings. She is grateful for the opportunity to move by faith and to contribute to the cause of guiding and shaping the next generation of Christian psychologist-leaders to change the world.
Additionally, Jones has taught at the undergraduate level in research writing and child development. She has also led a number of workshops and conference presentations ranging in topic from cultural contextualization of evidence-based practices to a culturally informed understanding of depression in people of color. She participates semi-annually with The Truly Retreat, a Bible-based healing retreat for women, where she serves as a mental health consultant. Outside of work, she volunteers at her church, sings and occasionally leads worship. She also enjoys reading and writing poetry and prose, cooking, sightseeing, spending time with her loved ones, swimming, being outdoors, and watching her dog, Daisy, run free at the park.