Amy JakX250
Contact Information:
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
ajak@ucsd.edu

Biography

Dr. Jak received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specialization in neuropsychology, from the University of Cincinnati (2004). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/Veteran’s Medical Research Foundation from 2004-2007. Currently, she is an Associate Professor (In Residence) of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a Staff Neuropsychologist and Director of the TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

Research Interests

Dr. Jak’s research focuses on neuropsychology and neuroimaging in normal aging and mild cognitive impairment as well as in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specifically, her current research in aging examines diagnostic approaches to MCI and how protective behavioral factors (e.g., physically and mentally active lifestyles) impact cognition and brain structural integrity. Her research in TBI investigates neuropsychological presentations in TBI as well as novel treatments for comorbid mild TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Jak’s current research studies are funded by the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Jak is the Director of Traumatic Brain Injury Cognitive Rehabilitation at the VA San Diego Healthcare system and she provides psychoeducation and training in compensatory strategies to Veterans with mild to moderate TBI.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

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