Dr. Heather Jones

Dr. Heather Jones

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychology
806 W Franklin, rm 215
(804) 828-5641

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Co-Director, Center for ADHD Research, Education and Service
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Ph.D. (2006), University of Maryland at College Park

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Clinical Psychology


Research Interests

My 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, my 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, we are collaborating with faculty on the medical campus to investigate ADHD symptoms and associated impairments in pregnant women as they relate to prenatal behaviors. Finally, through a VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research grant, I am collaborating with faculty across campuses to explore the utility of brief motivational interviewing for newly-diagnosed African American families of children with ADHD.

Select Publications

Eddy, L. D., Jones, H. A.,Snipes, D., Karjane, N., & Svikis, D. (in press). ADHD symptoms predict functional impairment in pregnant women. Journal of Attention Disorders.
Jones, H. A., Putt, G., Rabinovitch, A. E., Hubbard, R., & Snipes, D. (2016). Parenting stress, readiness to change, and child oppositional behavior in families of clinically referred children. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0547-x
Jones, H. A.,Rabinovitch, A. E., Eddy, L. D., & Wilson, S. A. (2016). African American children with ADHD. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of mental health in African American youth. (pp. 287-312). New York, NY: Springer.
Jones, H. A., Rabinovitch, A., & Hubbard, R. (2015). ADHD symptoms and academic adjustment to college: The role of parenting style. Journal of Attention Disorders, 19, 251-259. doi: 10.1177/1087054712473181
Borschuk, A., Jones, H. A., Parker, K. M., & Crewe, S. (2015). Delivery of mental health services in a pediatric primary care setting: A case illustration with adolescent depression. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3, 142-153.

Recent Courses

  • Evidence-based Psychological Treatments for Children and Adolescents, graduate level
  • Clinical Practicum (supervisor for the ADHD Clinic and Pediatric Primary Care), graduate level
  • Child Psychopathology, undergraduate level
  • Human Services Fieldwork, undergraduate level
  • Research Internship in Psychology, undergraduate level 

Recent Grants

Motivational Interviewing for Parents of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Pediatric Primary Care: Impact on Help-Seeking Behaviors

Amount: $46,480
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Period: 4/2013—10/2014

The BEST (Brothers Energized, Spirited, Talented) Project

Amount: $49,972
Role: Co-Investigator
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University Quest Innovation Fund
Period: 1/2013—7/2015

A Pilot Study of ADHD Symptoms and Associated Impairments in Pregnant Women

Amount: $4,200
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychology
Period: 10/2012—9/2013

Recent Awards

  • 2017, Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, VCU Department of Psychology
  • 2016, Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award, VCU Institute for Women's Health
  • 2016, Clinical and Translational Research Award, VCU Institute for Women's Health
  • 2016, Summer Fellowship Mentor, VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • 2012, Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award Renewal, National Institutes of Health

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