Dr. Heather Jones

Dr. Heather Jones

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

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Clinical Psychology
Co-director, Center for ADHD Research, Education, and Service
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (2006), University of Maryland at College Park


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

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. 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.


  • 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, 2016
  • Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award Renewal, National Institute of Health, 2012
  • Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Award Renewal, National Institute of Health, 2008-2010
  • CHADD (National organization for Children & Adults with ADHD), Young Scientist Research Fund Award, 2008
  • CHIPS Fellow (Child Intervention, Prevention and Services Mentoring Program), 2008
  • AAMHRS Mentee (African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium), 2008