Dr. Jioni Lewis
Dr. Jioni Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, she was an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee where she served as the co-founding director of the Critical Race Collective. Dr. Lewis earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center. Dr. Lewis’s program of research examines the influence of discrimination on the mental and physical health of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Her research explores two interrelated areas: (1) the intersection of racism and sexism experienced by women of color, and (2) the influence of subtle forms of racism experienced by BIPOC college students. Her primary area of research applies intersectionality theory to investigate the influence of racism and sexism on Black women. Within this line of research, Dr. Lewis developed the Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale (Lewis & Neville, 2015), which is a self-report instrument to measure subtle gendered racism. In addition, she investigates the influence of gendered racism on mental health (depression, anxiety, traumatic stress) and physical health (self-reported physical health, salivary cortisol) among Black women. She also examines resistance, healing, and protective factors that buffer individuals against the negative effects of gendered racism, such as collective coping strategies, gendered racial identity, and radical healing. Dr. Lewis’s secondary line of research utilizes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to investigate the influence of racism and microaggressions on the mental health and well-being of BIPOC college students. Dr. Lewis has received several national awards for her research and scholarship, including the 2019 Emerging Professional Contributions to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (APA Division 45), the 2020 Best in Science Address from the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), and the 2020 Emerging Leader for Women in Psychology Award from the Committee on Women in Psychology. She is also the current President of the Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), Section I (Psychology of Black Women). Dr. Lewis also serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Dr. Lewis’s research, teaching, and advocacy have been grounded in her passion and commitment to social justice and equity. As a counseling psychologist, she is committed to engaging in social justice research that seeks to dismantle systems of oppression and improve the health and well-being of marginalized individuals and communities.
Helen A. Neville
Helen A. Neville is a professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Illinois in 2001, she was on the faculty in Psychology, Educational and Counseling Psychology, and Black Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Multicultural Research, Training, and Consultation. Dr. Neville has held leadership positions on campus and nationally. She was a Provost Fellow and participated in the CIC/Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Academy. Currently she is the president-elect of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, which is a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). She has co-edited 5 books and (co)-authored nearly 90 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of race, racism, and racial identity, and diversity issues related to well-being. Dr. Neville has been recognized for her research and mentoring efforts including receiving the Association of Black Psychologists’ Distinguished Psychologist of the Year award, the APA Minority Fellowship Award, Dalmas Taylor Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, APA Graduate Students Kenneth and Mamie Clark Award, the APA Division 45 Charles and Shirley Thomas Award for mentoring/contributions to African American students/community, and the Winter Roundtable Janet E. Helms Mentoring Award. Her current research interests center on two interrelated areas of racial ideology: Black racial ideology: Black racial identity and color-blind racial ideology. Her work has appeared in a wide range of journals including, The Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Black Psychology, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. She served as the Associate Editor of The Counseling Psychologist and the Journal of Black Psychology and she currently serves on the board of a number of scholarly journals. She is the lead editor of the Handbook of African American Psychology .