Dr. James Jones

Dr. Jones M. Jones is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Africana Studies, and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware. He is former Executive Director for Public Interest and Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association. As Director of the Minority Fellowship Program he won 25 million dollars in training grant funds from the National Institute of Mental Health to support the professional development of about 1,500 students of color who otherwise may not have been able to attend graduate training programs in Psychology and also Neuroscience.  

Dr. Jones earned a BA from Oberlin College (1963), an MA from Temple University (1967) and his Ph.D. in social Psychology from Yale University (1970). He was a faculty member of the Psychology and Social Relations Department at Harvard University and has taught in the Psychology Department at Howard University. 

He published the first edition of Prejudice and Racism in 1972 and the second edition in 1997. In 2014 together with Jack Dovidio and Deborah Vietz he published The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism which picks up from where Prejudice and Racism left off. More recently, Dr. Jones together with Stephanie Kershchbaum and Laura Eisenman co-edited, Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education (2017). 

Dr. Jones’s research program has focused on racism, temporal orientation and its influence on personality and the personality orientations of Black Americans that evolved from African origins and which represent adaptations to the challenges of oppression, marginalization and discrimination in the United States. In 1973, Dr. Jones spent a year in Trinidad & Tobago on a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship studying Calypso humor which led to the development of the TRIOS Model of the Psychology of African American culture. This model involves five dimensions summarized by the acronym TRIOS representing Time, Rhythm, Improvisation, Oral Discourse and Spirituality. These characteristics are useful for coping and adapting to threatening and uncertain contexts. Dr. Jones’ research reveals that adopting a triosic self has positive consequences for the psychological health and self-esteem among Black Americans, as well as others regardless of race. 

Dr. Jones is a social psychologist and serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Black Psychology, and is past-President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. His numerous awards include the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Study of Ethnicity, Culture and Race; the 2001 Kurt Lewin Award and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; the 2007 Distinguished Psychologist Award by the Association of Black Psychologists; the 2011 Lifetime Contribution to Psychology award from the American Psychological Association; the 2018 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest, and most recently, the 2018 Morton Deutsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Justice from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia Teachers College.  

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