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.
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.
- Jurick, S. M., Crocker, L. D., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Keller, A.V., Trenova, L. S., Boyd, B., Twamley, E. W., Rodgers, C. S., Schiehser D. M., Aupperle, R. L., & Jak, A. J. (2018). Contributions to Executive Dysfunction in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33, E41-52. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000313
- Jak, A.J. (2017). The Primary Role of Mental Health Treatment in Resolution of Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 4, 231-40.
- Jak, A.J., Crocker, L., Aupperle, R., Clausen, A., & Bomyea, J. (2016). Neurocognition in PTSD: Treatment Insights and Implications. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Behavioral Neurobiology of PTSD. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. doi.org/10.1007/7854_2016_62
- Jurick, S.M., Bangen, K., Evangelista, N., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Delano-Wood, L., & Jak, A.J. (2016). Advanced Neuroimaging to Quantify Myelin in vivo – Application to TBI. Brain Injury, 30, 1452-57.
- Boyd, B., Rodgers, C., Aupperle, R., & Jak, A.J. (2016). Case Report on the effects of Cognitive Processing Therapy on Psychological, Neuropsychological and Speech Disturbances in Comorbid PTSD and TBI. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 178-83. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.10.001
- 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.
- Jak AJ, Gregory A, Orff HJ, Colón C, Steele N, Schiehser DM, Delano-Wood L, Jurick SM, Twamley EW. (2015). Neuropsychological performance in treatment-seeking Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans with a history of mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37(4), 379-88.
- Jurick, S.M., Twamley, E.W., Hays, C.C., Orff, H.J., & Jak, A.J. (2016). Post-concussive Symptom Over-reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 53, 571-584.
- Twamley, E.W., Thomas, K.R., Gregory, A.M., Jak, A.J., Bondi, M.W., Delis, D.C., & Lohr, J.B. (2015). CogSMART compensatory cognitive training for traumatic brain injury: effects over 1 year. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(6), 391-401.
- Twamley, E.W., Jak, A.J., Delis, D. C, Bondi, M.W., & Lohr, J.B. (2014). Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy (CogSMART) for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(1), 59-70.