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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Center

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 13387
Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
M.S. Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
B.A. University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia


Dr. James Cones is a licensed psychologist. For over twenty-five years, he has treated university students and others with high aspirations. During that time, he discovered that what really matters the most is to freshly discover the unique experiences of each client. The challenges, sacrifices and heroic achievements are all there in their narrative. Together, he and his clients explore the impact of past challenges and critique current ways of coping in order to facilitate a recovery that allows for a fuller awareness and access to previously dormant sources of energy, creativity and choice.

Dr. Cones received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in clinical psychology, a Masters of Sciences degree from Georgia Regents University in clinical psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in psychology and journalism. As an undergraduate he was a student government senator, a student-athlete (football) and an ROTC cadet. He completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He served as a clinical psychologist at the rank of captain in the military from 1987-1991. Dr. Cones then joined the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center where he worked for twenty-three years and served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services for thirteen of those years. His research interest has included autobiographical memory, socio-political identity, trauma, race and gender. From 1998 to 2005 he taught classes on these topics at UCLA’s Departments of Women’s and African American Studies. He is the co-author with Joseph White, Black Man Emerging: Facing the past and seizing a future in America.

Since 2014, he is pleased to be serving as a staff psychologist at UCLA CAPS with an additional focus on athletics, veterans and the African American community.