Nev Jones, Ph.D.

Nev Jones is a service user/survivor researcher, activist-scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. Inspired by personal experiences of intensive service involvement (for psychosis) and associated social and structural discrimination, Nev has focused her work on challenging status quo responses to individuals experiencing distress, altered states, and non-consensual realities through a combination of community organizing and mutual aid, critical pedagogy, mentoring, and change-oriented research. She founded and leads the informal coalition Transform Mental Health Research, centered on building capacity, and supporting networking and collective advocacy, among service user/survivors invested in democratizing research. Earlier in her career, she co-founded Chicago Hearing Voices and the Bay Area Hearing Voices Network, and has collaborated with numerous peer-run and cross-disability organizations on advocacy and research projects. Recent areas of focus include documentation of the impact of poverty and structural racism on service users' experiences in and outside the mental health system, and the development of policy aimed at better supporting students with psychiatric disabilities in higher education. Nev brings a strong disability justice and lived experience advocacy orientation to her work and was a 2017 NIDILLR Switzer Fellow, 2021 recipient of the Pioneer Award from the National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS) and 2022 recipient of the Judi Chamberlin Joy in Advocacy award from the National Coalition on Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR). Current research projects focus on addressing poverty and coercion in public sector mental health settings.

Dr. Jones has an interdisciplinary academic background in social and political philosophy (BA, MA, postbaccalaureate fellowship), community psychology (MA, PhD) and medical anthropology (postdoc). Prior to moving to the University of Pittsburgh, she was a tenure stream faculty member at the University of South Florida, and prior to that worked in policy, direct service, quality improvement and evaluation roles in the public mental health system in California.