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

Dr. Jones is accepting applications from prospective graduate students for the 2018-19 school year.

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Clinical Psychology

Other Affiliations


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 collaborate with faculty on the medical campus to investigate ADHD symptoms and impairment during pregnancy. Finally, I am 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 am interested in investigating the child and family outcomes from this service.

Select Publications

Jones, H. A., Eddy, L. D., Rabinovitch, A. E., Snipes, D. J., Wilson, S. A., Parks, A. M., Karjane, N. W., & Svikis, D. S. (in press). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms differentially predict prenatal health behaviors in pregnant women. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Eddy, L. D., Jones, H. A., Snipes, D., Karjane, N., & Svikis, D. (2017). Associations between ADHD symptoms and occupational, interpersonal, and daily life impairments among pregnant women. Journal of Attention Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1087054716685839
Jones, H. A., Putt, G., Rabinovitch, A. E., Hubbard, R., & Snipes, D. (2017). Parenting stress, readiness to change, and child oppositional behavior in families of clinically referred children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 225-233.
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.
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

  • Diversity Dialogues, graduate level
  • 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

The VCU Primary Care Psychology Training Collaborative: Expanding Services With Underserved Youth, Latinx Immigrants, and Refugees

Amount: $1,133,484
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Period: 2017—2021
Number: M01HP31388

A Training Program in Lifespan Primary Care Psychology for the Underserved

Amount: $999,500
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Rybarczyk)
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Period: 2016—2019

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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