Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Associate Professor in Residence UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-642-3742 3350 La Jolla Village Dr. (151B) / San Diego, CA 92161
Graduate Institution

University of Cincinnati

Research Description

Dr. Jak’s program of research is focused on the neuropsychology of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as aging. Her research in TBI is an extension of her clinical work in the VA Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic and examines the neuropsychological presentation of mild traumatic brain injury and its comorbidity with mental health disorders. Her research in aging focuses specifically on diagnostic approaches to mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as well as how protective behavioral factors (e.g., physically and mentally active lifestyles) impact cognition and brain structural integrity in normally aging elders as well as those with MCI.

Representative Publications
  • Jak, A.J., Aupperle, R., Rodgers, C., Lang, A.J., Schiehser, D., Norman, S.B., & Twamley, E.W. (2015). Evaluation of a hybrid treatment for veterans with comorbid traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 45, 210-216. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.10.009

  • Jak, A.J., Gregory, A., Orff, H.J., Colon, C., Steele, N., Schiehser, D., Delano-Wood, L., & Twamley, E.W. (2015). Neuropsychological Presentation of OEF/OIF Veterans with a History of Mild to Moderate TBI. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37, 379-88. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2015

  • Jak, A.J., Preis, S.R., Beiser, A.S., Seshadri, S., Wolf, P.A., Bondi, M., & Au, R. (2016). Neuropsychological Criteria for MCI and Dementia Risk in the Framingham Heart Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22, 937-43.