Featured Alumnus: Jason D. Jones, Ph.D. (2015, Developmental Psychology)
Jason Jones completed his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Jude Cassidy. His graduate training was supported by a Flagship Fellowship from UMD and a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). After graduating from UMD, Dr. Jones completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Jones began his current position as a Research Associate in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Dr. Jones’ research focuses on adolescent health and well-being. He has been involved in several large-scale studies of adolescent development and has published on a range of topics, including: parenting, attachment, adolescent substance use, adolescent mental health, psychoneuroimmunology, and developmental models of continuity and change.
At CHOP, Dr. Jones’ research aims to identify risk and protective factors, at multiple levels of analysis that can advance our understanding of the development of adolescent mental health difficulties and inform prevention efforts. Current projects include: (a) the effects of cannabis use on mental health and neurocognition, (b) the identification of biological and psychosocial risk factors for suicidal behavior, and (c) the evaluation and optimization of a personalized depression prevention program.