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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

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

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.

Butler, A. M., Kowalkowski, M., Jones, H. A., & Raphael, J. L. (in press). The relationship of reported neighborhood conditions with child mental health. Academic Pediatrics.

Jones, H. A., Epstein, J., Hinshaw, S., Owens, E. B., Chi, T. C., Arnold, L. E. et al. (2010). Ethnicity as a moderator of treatment effect on parent-child interaction for children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 13, 592-600.

Power, T. J., Jones, H. A., Mautone, J. A., & Blum, N. J. (2010). Partnering to Achieve School Success: A collaborative care model of early intervention for attention and behavior problems in urban contexts. In B. Doll, W. Pfohl, & J. Yoon (Eds.), Handbook of youth prevention science (pp. 375-392). New York, NY: Routledge.

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.