Featured Alumna: Heather A. Jones, Ph.D. (2006, Clinical Psychology)
Heather Jones, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for ADHD Research, Education and Service, is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwelth University (VCU).
Her research broadly focuses on evidence-based assessment and intervention with at-risk and vulnerable populations of children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), particularly those families that are difficult to engage in mental health services (e.g., ethnic minority and/or low income). Currently, her research lab is examining parenting in African American families of children with and without ADHD and how parenting in these families may differ by type of interaction (i.e., unstructured free play vs. structured homework time), socioeconomic status, child diagnostic status and parental racial identity. Additionally, they collaborate with faculty on the medical campus to investigate ADHD symptoms and impairment during pregnancy. Finally, she is funded on a grant designed to train the next generation of psychologists specializing in the delivery of mental health services via integrated primary care and is interested in investigating the child and family outcomes from this service.
Dr. Jones received a $1.1 million grant to increase the number of psychology doctoral students who provide behavioral health care to underserved youth, Latinx immigrants, and refugees in the Richmond region from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
The grant will increase the number of psychology doctoral students who work with the Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative, a VCU program that provides pro bono treatment for a variety of behavioral health and mental health issues in primary care clinics. Commonly treated issues include depression, child behavior problems and ADHD, and sleep issues.