Ph.D Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, 2016; M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, 2012; B.A. Psychology, California State University Channel Islands, 2009
Research and Teaching Interests
My research interests generally include investigating the underlying neural mechanisms of neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. Studies utilize structural neuroimaging methods and/or longitudinal statistical modeling to examine predictors of cognitive impairment, apathy and depression. One line of research is testing the hypothesis that disruptions in the microbiome (gut-brain health) contribute to cognitive impairment and white matter changes in Parkinson’s disease. A second line of research focuses on relating neuropsychiatric symptoms to meaningful outcomes such as diagnostic markers of cognitive impairment and quality of life.
Selected Publications (for complete list click here):
Jones, J. D., *Uribe, C., *Bunch, J., Thomas, K. R. (2020). Beyond PD-MCI: Objectively Defined Subtle Cognitive Decline Predicts Future Cognitive and Functional Changes. Journal of Neurology.
Jones, J. D., *Rahmani, E., *Garcia, E., Jacobs, J. P. (2020). Gastrointestinal Symptoms are Predictive of Trajectories of Cognitive Functioning in De Novo Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. 72, 7-12.
Jones, J. D., Kurniadi, N. E., Kuhn, T. P., Szymkowicz, S. M., *Bunch, J., *Rahmani, E. (2019). Depressive Symptoms Precede Cognitive Impairment in De Novo Parkinson’s Disease Patients: Analysis of the PPMI Cohort. Neuropsychology. 33(8), 1111-1120.
Jones, J. D., *Burroughs, M., *Apodaca, M., *Bunch, J. (2019). Greater Intra-Individual Variability in Neuropsychological Performance Predicts Cognitive Impairment in De Novo Parkinson’s Disease. Neuropsychology. 34(1), 24-30.
*denotes student co-authors
NIH/NINDS 1SC3NS124906-01; Jones (PI); 5/01/2021 – 4/30/2025 “Microbiome Composition and Function Contribute to Cognitive Impairment and Neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s Disease.” Disruption of the gut-microbiome may be a novel mechanism underlying cognitive impairment. The goal of this study is to determine the association between microbiome disruption and markers of neuroinflammation/cognitive impairment.
American Psychological Association SCN Early Career Pilot Award; Role: PI; 7/1/2018-6/30/2019 “The Gut-Brain Axis in Parkinson’s Disease: Influences of Microbiota on Cognition and White Matter Integrity.” $14,970.