Laura Jones, Ph.D., M.S., N.C.C.

Assistant Professor of Health & Wellness

Contact Information

  • 828-251-6123
  • 457 Sherrill Center

Office Hours

  • Monday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Note: or by appointment

Laura K. Jones, Ph.D., M.S., has a background in mental health, health promotion, and cognitive neuroscience, having received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education (with an emphasis in Public Health) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.A. in Community Agency Counseling from East Tennessee State University, and M.S. in Psychology-Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Oregon. She is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor and has experience in numerous sectors of health promotion and public health policy, including mental and emotional wellness, the prevention of gender-based violence, women’s health and wellness, and the prevention of substance use and secondhand smoke exposure. Her primary areas of focus include: the integration of neurophysiology into conceptualizations of mental health, clinical mental health training programs, and best-practice approaches to mental health; the prevention of interpersonal violence and the holistic recovery and empowerment of survivors; the reciprocal influence of mental and physical wellbeing; and mental health parity. She is likewise an outspoken advocate for promoting diversity and social justice both in and out of the classroom, and for cultivating an awareness of the influence of power, stigma, and oppression on physiological functioning and overall wellness.

She also serves as faculty for the UNCA Neuroscience Minor as well as actively participates in community coalitions around gender-based violence, including the prevention of sexual assault, partner violence, and sex trafficking. Furthermore, Dr. Jones serves as an editorial board member for three national peer-reviewed journals, a resident reviewer for an international journal, the co-editor of a monthly column in Counseling Today titled Neurocounseling: Bridging Brain and Behavior, and the chair of the Neuroscience Interest Network for the leading national organization in Counselor Education and Supervision.


  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    and Cognate/Emphasis in Public Health
  • M.A. in Counseling from East Tennessee State University with a concentration in Community Agency Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • M.S. in Psychology from University of Oregon with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience

HWP Courses Taught

  • HWP 153 Health Promotion and Wellness
  • HWP 190 Introduction to Health Promotion
  • HWP 224 Mental and Emotional Health
  • HWP 345: Research Methods in HWP
  • HWP 253 Health and Sexuality
  • HWP 371: Research Seminar in HWP
  • HWP 373 Stress Management & Biofeedback
  • HWP 459: Senior Seminar in HWP
  • HWP 499: Undergraduate Research in HWP
  • NEUR 480: Seminar in Neuroscience

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

• Jones, L. K. (In progress). Pathways of Iterative Violence across the Lifespan: Public Health and Clinical Mental Health Implications.
• Sheesley, A. P., & Jones, L. K. (In progress). The Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Insights for Counselors from the Field of Psychoneuroimmunology.
• Luke, C. & Jones, L. K. (In progress). Addiction as a Relational Disorder: Integrating Neuroscience into Addictions Counseling
• Jones, L. K. & Young, J. S. (In progress). Implications of Trauma Neurophysiology: Perceptions of Social Support, Empathy, and the Therapeutic Process.
• Hall, S. B., Jones, L. K., Tyson, L. T., Woods, K. M., & Keltz, A. E. (2016). The Inflammatory Hypothesis of Depression: Implications for Diagnosis and Practice. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Neurotherapy and Mental Health Counseling Special Edition.
• Field, T. A., Beeson, E. T., & Jones, L. K. (2015). The new ABCs: A practitioner’s guide to neuroscience-informed cognitive-behavior therapy. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
• Jones, L. K., & Cureton, J. L. (2014). Trauma redefined in the DSM-5: Rationale and implications for counseling practice. The Professional Counselor, 4, 257–271. doi:10.15241/lkj.4.3.257
• Sanders, A. E., Slade, G. D., Ranney, L. M., Goldstein, A. O., & Jones, L. K. (2012). Economic valuation of public preferences for tobacco control policy outcomes. North Carolina Medical Journal, 73(6), 439-447.
• Lee, K., Hahn, E.  J., Jones, L.  K., Whitten, L., Robertson, H., & Zahn, B. (2010). Air quality in and around airport enclosed smoking rooms. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(6), 665-668.
• Bailey, B. A., &  Jones, L. K. (2009). Are obstetricians following best-practice guidelines for addressing pregnancy smoking: Results from Northeast Tennessee. Southern Medical Journal, 102(9), 894-899.



Field, T., Jones, L. K., & Russell-Chapin, L. (Eds). (In press). Neurocounseling: Brain-Based Clinical Approaches. American Counseling Association.


Book Chapters

• Jones, L. K. (2016). Basic Statistical Concepts. In C. J. Sheperis, J. S. Young & M. H. Daniels (Eds.), Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (2nd ed.). Pearson.
• Myers, J., & Jones, L. K. (2016). The applications of neuroscience to clinical mental health counseling: It’s all in your head. In J. S. Young & C. Cashwell (Eds.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Elements of Effective Practice. Pearson.
• O'Halloran, M. S., Sones, J. R., & Jones, L. K. (2015). Crisis Intervention with Early Adolescents who Suffered a Significant Loss. In A. R. Roberts (Ed.), Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment, and Research (4th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Select National/International Presentations

• Beeson, E. T. & Jones, L. K. (2016, October). The New ABCs: Neuroscience-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Accepted for presentation at the 57th Annual European-Branch of the American Counseling Association Conference. Geneva, Switzerland. Oral Presentation
• Jones, L. K., Beeson, E. T., & Field, T. A., (2016, July). Enhancing resilience through biologically based counseling. Presented at the American Mental Health Counseling Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. Oral Presentation.
• Jones, L. K. (2016, April). Sex Specific Psychotherapy? Not so fast… The Influence of Sex and Sex Hormones on Neurophysiological Functioning and Mental Health. 2016 International Super Brain Summit. Center for Collaborative Brain Research. Bradley University.
• Schmidt, M., & Jones, L. K. (2016, April). The Neuroscience of Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications for Clinical Practice. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference & Expo.  Montréal, QC, Canada. Oral Presentation.
• Jones, L. K. (2015, October). Modern Day Sexual Slavery: Training Counselors to Recognize and Support Survivors of Sex-Trafficking. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Oral Presentation.
• Jones, L. K. (2015, March). Beyond Brain Basics: Exploring Advanced Research in Trauma Neurophysiology.  Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference & Expo. Orlando, FL.  Oral Presentation.
• Jones, L. K. (2014, July). Thriving in a New Era of Neuroscience: Using Principles of Brain Science to Inform Clinical Practice. Presented at the American Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. Extended Oral Presentation.