Dr. Lynne Jones is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher, and relief worker. Jones has been engaged in assessing mental health needs and establishing and running mental health services in disaster, conflict, and post-conflict settings around the world since 1990. Her latest book is The Migrant Diaries, published by the Refuge Press in 2021. This draws on reflections, which the FXB Center has been publishing on its website, about her work with migrants in Europe and Central America and includes drawings and stories by migrant children themselves. More of these stories can be found on Migrant Child Storytelling, a website co-created by Jones with her colleague in international development, Luke Pye. They are also the subject of her 2019 TEDx talk.
Until August 2011, she was the senior technical advisor in mental health for International Medical Corps. She is a course director for the program on Mental Health in Complex Emergencies at the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University, and consults to the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNHCR. She was a member of the ICD 11 stress disorders working group and is a technical consultant in the development of the mhGAP curriculums by WHO and UNHCR. Other books include Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry (Wiedenfeld and Nicolson 2018), which explores her experience as a practicing psychiatrist in war and disaster zones for 25 years, along with the changing world of international relief. Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become (Bellevue Literary Press, 2013) is a long-term exploration of the impact of war on children. She has a PhD in social psychology and political science; she has also been a Radcliffe Fellow. In 2001, she was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for her mental health work in conflict-affected areas of Central Europe.