Areas of Focus:
Adult General Clinical
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University, 1993.
- M.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1987.
- B.A., Psychology, Georgia State University, 1985.
Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Georgia State University (GSU) and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University’s Student Counseling Center. She joined the faculty of the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 1994 as Director of Practicum Training and remained in that position until 1999, establishing and maintaining relationships with practicum training sites for the master’s and doctoral level clinical programs. As a professor and core faculty member, Dr. Jones has taught numerous courses, including Trauma Across the Lifespan and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy. Since 1993, she has also supervised doctoral-level psychotherapy students and provided psychotherapy in a part-time private practice in Decatur, Ga. As a trauma specialist, she integrates eye-movement desensitization reprocessing into her work with trauma survivors. Dr. Jones has numerous publications and research presentations in areas such as trauma psychology, the importance of the student-teacher alliance in clinical psychology teaching and training, and the long-term effects of childhood parentification and divorce. She also serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy. Dr. Jones is a member of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network Advisory Council and a facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children (D2L.org), a national nonprofit sexual-abuse prevention training program.
Work experience: Private Practice (1993-present); Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Counseling Center (1993-1994); Director of Practicum Training, Georgia School of Professional Psychology (1994-1999).
- Adult General Clinical.
- Existential/Person-Centered Therapy.
- Adult Trauma Treatment.
- Clinical Psychology Training and Teaching.
- Georgia Psychological Association
- Luchner, A., Mirsalimi, H., Moser, C. & Jones, R. A. (2008). Boundary violations by psychotherapists: The role of closet narcissistic personality characteristics. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45(1), 1-14.
- Avinger, K., Jones, R. A. (2006). Group treatment of sexually abused adolescent girls: A review of outcome studies. American Journal of Family Therapy, 34, 181-190.
- Moser, C., Jones, R. A., Zaorski, D., Mirsalimi, H. & Luchner, A. (2005). The impact of the sibling in clinical practice: Transference and countertransference dynamics, Psychotherapy: Research and Practice, 42(3), 267-278.
- Jacobs, J, Horne-Moyer, H. L., & Jones, R. A. (2004). The effectiveness of critical incident stress debriefings with primary and secondary trauma victims. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 6(1), 5-14. Castro, D., M., Jones, R. A., Mirsalimi, H. (2004) Parentification and the imposter phenomenon: An empirical investigation. American Journal of Family Therapy, 32, 205-216.
- Wells, M. & Jones, R. A. (2000). Object relations therapy of narcissistic and masochistic parentification styles. In N. Chase (Editor) Burdened Children: Theory, Research and Treatment of Parentification. Sage Publication.
- Jones, R. A. & Moser, C. (2010). Sibling rivalry. In Koocher, G. P. & La Greca, A. M. (Eds.) Parents’ Guide to Emotional First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Predictable Life Crises. Oxford University Press.
- Jones, R. A., Mirsalimi, H., Conroy, J., Horne-Moyer, L. & Burrill, C. (2008). The Teaching Alliance Inventory: Evaluating the Student Instructor Relationship in Clinical and Counseling Psychology Training. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21 (3), 223-235.
- Russell, J., Jones, R. A., Anderson, M., & Barclay, K. (2008). Special issues in the treatment of gay and lesbian survivors of childhood sexual abuse: Managing transference and countertransference, Journal of Gay and LesbianMental Health, 12(3), 227-244.
- Burnett, G., Jones, R. A., Bliwise, N. & Ross, L. T. (2006). Family unpredictability, parental alcoholism and the development of parentification. American Journal of Family Therap, 34(3), 181-189.
- Jones, R. A. & Jablonski, A. (1998). Family-focused relational psychotherapy: An integrative approach and its application to adult children of divorce. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 8, 69-95.
- Mortenson, T., Jones, R. A., Mirsalimi, H. (2006). Reasons for living among clinical and counseling graduate students: Gender and ethnic differences. Poster presented to the Southeastern Psychological Association 52nd Annual Meeting, Atlanta, March, 2006.
- Jones, R. A., Mirsalimi, H. (2004). Parental Divorce and Parentification. Poster presented to Southeastern Psychological Association 50th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Ga.: March, 2004.
- Jones, R. A. (2003) Empowering women in the classroom: The importance of attending to the “teaching alliance.” In Jones, R. A. (Chair) Empowering Student Learning Inside and Outside the Psychology Classroom. Symposium presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association 49th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March, 2003.
- Burnett, E., Jones, R. A., Bliwise, N., Ross, L. T. (2002). Family unpredictability, parental alcoholism, and the development of parentification. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association 48th Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla., March, 2002.
- Jones, R. A. (2001). Methods for improving group presentations. In Webb, D. E. (Chair) Maximizing Student Participation in Class Discussion and Group Projects. Symposium presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association 47th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. March, 2001.