VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? read more...


Dr. Heather Jones

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

Clinical Psychology


PhD (2006), University of Maryland at College Park

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Co-director, Center for ADHD Research, Education, and Service

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-5641

Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 215


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.

Selected Publications

Power, T. J., Mautone, J. A., Marshall, S. A., Jones, H. A., Sharman, J., Tresco, K., Cassano, M., et al. (in press). Feasibility and potential effectiveness of an urban model of collaborative care for ADHD. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

Clarke, A. T., Marshall, S. A., Mautone, J. A., Soffer, S. L., Jones, H. A., Costigan, T. E., et al. (in press). Parent attendance and adherence predict treatment response to a family-school intervention for children with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Jones, H. A., Rabinovitch, A., & Hubbard, R. (in press). ADHD symptoms and academic adjustment to college: The role of parenting style. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Jones, H. A. & Rabinovitch, A. E. (2014). Evidence-based treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. In C. Alfano & D. Beidel (eds.) Comprehensive evidence-based interventions in children and adolescents. (pp.177-194). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Jones, H. A., Bilge-Johnson, S., Rabinovitch, A., & Fishel, H. (2014). Self-reported peer victimization and suicidality in adolescent psychiatric inpatients: The mediating role of negative self-esteem. Clinical Child Psychology & Psychiatry. 19, 606-616.

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

Motivational interviewing for parents of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in pediatric primary care: Impact on help-seeking behaviors. Principal Investigator. April 2013-October 2014. Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Clinical and Translational Research, $46,480.

The BEST (Brothers Energized, Spirited, Talented) Project. Co-Investigator. January 2013-July 2015. Virginia Commonwealth University Quest Innovation Fund, $49,972.

A pilot study of ADHD symptoms and associated impairments in pregnant women. Principal Investigator. October 2012-September 2013. Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychology, $4,200.

Readiness to change in parents of children with attention and behavior problems. Principal Investigator. December 2010-November 2011. Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center.