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Jioni A. Lewis

Jioni A. LewisJioni A. Lewis
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2013)

Office Location
416E Austin Peay Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-3579

Key words: Race and racism, gender and sexism, microaggressions, intersectionality, multicultural psychology, social justice

Research Interests

My research is broadly focused on multicultural psychology, diversity, and social justice issues. Specifically, I explore issues of race and racism, microaggressions, racial and gender identity, intersectionality, and Black women's issues.

Research statement

My program of research is focused on the psychological effects of racism on mental health and health disparities. I am focused on the experience of racial microaggressions on people of color generally and Black women specifically. I recently developed a self-report instrument to measure Black women's experiences with gendered racial microaggressions, which I define as "subtle and everyday verbal, behavioral, and environmental expressions of oppression based on the intersection of one's race and gender (Lewis & Neville, 2015)." The Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale (GRMS) is a tool to measure the frequency and stress appraisal of perceived gendered racial microaggressions.

Please note: If you are interested in using the Gendered Racial Microaggressions Scale for your research, please email me ( to request permission to use my scale.

Current and Future Research Directions

My current research is focused on exploring the link between perceived gendered racial microaggressions and mental and physical health outcomes, as well as the protective factors (e.g., coping strategies, racial identity) that buffer individuals against the negative effects of these experiences. My future research will focus on exploring the impact of racial microaggressions on the racial health disparities of African Americans.

  • American Psychological Association Society of the Psychology of Women (Div. 35), Carolyn Payton Early Career Professional Award (2015)
  • Faculty Graduate Education Award, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2015)
  • American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35) Janet Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant (2012)
  • American Psychological Association Society of Counseling Psychology (Div. 17), Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity Student Award (2011)
  • American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Psychology Summer Institute Fellow (2011)                                            
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention (2011)
  • University of Illinois William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship (2011)           
  • Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education Conference Student Scholarship (2010)
  • American Psychological Association Division 45 Conference Student Scholarship (2010)
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students,     (2008 – 2012)
  • American Psychological Association Division 45 President's First Place Award for Outstanding Student Poster in Experimental Research on Ethnic Minority Issues (2007)
  • Graduate College Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006)
  • Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006)
  • Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Fellowship, California State University System (2005)
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship, California State University, Sacramento (2005)
  • Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Scholarship Award (2005)


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Grant; $70,000 (2014 – 2016)


  • Creative Teaching Grant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; $3,500 (2015)
  • University of Illinois College of Education Conference Travel Grant; $700 (2013)
  • University of Illinois College of Education Hardie Dissertation Grant; $2,000 (2011)        
  • University of Illinois Survey Research Robert Ferber Dissertation Grant; $1,000 (2011)
  • University of Illinois College of Education Hardie Conference Travel Grant; $1,000 (2011)
  • University of Illinois President's Research in Diversity Travel Grant; $500 (2011)
  • University of Illinois College Research Committee Travel Support Grant; $1,000 (2010)
  • University of Illinois Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society Research Fellowship; $6,000 (2009)

Lewis, J. A. & Grzanka, P. R. (in press). Applying intersectionality theory to research on perceived racism.  In A. N. Alvarez, C. T. H. Liang, & H. A. Neville (Eds.), APA Division 45 Handbook on Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Psychology, Contextualizing the Cost of Racism for People of Color: Theory, Research, and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lewis, J. A. & Neville, H. A. (2015). Construction and initial validation of the gendered racial microaggressions scale for Black women. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(2), 289-302.doi:10.1037/cou0000062

Szymanski, D. M. & Lewis, J. A. (2015). Race-related stress and racial identity as predictors of African American activism. Journal of Black Psychology, 41(2), 170-191. doi:10.1177/0095798414520707

Neville, H. A., Poteat, V. P., Lewis, J. A., & Spanierman, L. B. (2014). Changes in White college students' color-blind racial ideology over four years: Do diversity experiences make a difference? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(2), 179-190. doi:10.1037/a0035168

Lewis, J. A., Mendenhall, R., Harwood, S. A., & Browne Huntt, M. (2013). Coping with gendered racial microaggressions among Black women college students. Journal of African American Studies, 17(1), 51–73.doi: 10.1007/s12111-012-9219-0

French, B. H., Lewis, J. A., & Neville, H. A. (2013). Naming and reclaiming: An interdisciplinary analysis of Black girls' and women's resistance strategies. Journal of African American Studies, 17(1), 1–6. doi:10.1007/s12111-012-9215-4

Lewis, J. A., Neville, H. A., & Spanierman, L.B. (2012). Examining the influence of campus diversity experiences and color-blind racial ideology on students' social justice attitudes. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 49(2), 119–136. doi:10.1515/jsarp-2012-6291

Neville, H. A., Spanierman, L. B., & Lewis, J. A. (2012). The expanded psychosocial model of racism:  A new model for understanding and disrupting racism and white privilege. In N. A. Fouad,  J. A. Carter, & L. M. Subich (Eds.), APA Handbook of Counseling Psychology: Vol. 2 Practice, Interventions, and Applications (pp. 333-360). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Harwood, S. A., Browne Huntt, M., Mendenhall, R., & Lewis, J. A. (2012). Racial microaggressions in the residence halls: Experiences of students of color at a predominantly White university. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 5(3), 159–173. doi: 10.1037/a0028956

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