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Jessica G. Ashley, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, CNS-CREF
Bakersfield, California
jashley@neuroskills.com

Jessica Ashley, Ph.D. received her Doctorate degree in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in brain and cognitive science from Southern Illinois University. Upon completion of her degree she began her current position as a neuroscientist for CNS-CREF. Her research utilizes brain imaging techniques to examine neuroanatomical correlates of functional outcome following traumatic brain injury.

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EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Brain and Cognitive Science, 2008
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois

M.A., Experimental Psychology, Brain and Cognitive Science, 2006
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois

B.S., Psychology, 2003
B.A., Human Development, 2003
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Feb. 2004 - May 2007 Memory and Imaging Laboratory
Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University
Advisor: Reza Habib, Ph.D.
Responsibilities: Assist in brain imaging (fMRI) experiments examining memory and long term learning.

Sept. 2003- May 2008 Successful Aging Project: Autobiographic Representations of the Self
Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University
Advisor: Stephanie Clancy Dollinger, Ph.D.
Responsibilities: Assist in the coordination of a study designed to examine identity issues through the use of autobiography in an aging population

Oct. 2002 - June 2003 Diabetes Awareness and Rehabilitation Training
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Mentor: Christine L. McKibbin, Ph.D.
Responsibilities: Assisted in the development and implementation of a manualized psychoeducational diabetes intervention for middle-aged and elderly patients with schizophrenia. This manual was especially designed to compensate for cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia. Also participated in completion of baseline cognitive and psychiatric evaluations

July 2002 - June 2003 Alzheimer's Caregiver Study
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
Mentor: Christine L. McKibbin, Ph.D., Thomas L. Patterson, Ph.D., Igor Grant, M.D.
Responsibilities: Assisted with the implementation of an expanded screening study to an NHBLI funded randomized control trial. Administered questionnaires to participants and analyzed data

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

August 2003 - May 2003 Teacher Assistant: Child Psychology, Adolescence Psychology, Adulthood and Aging Psychology
Responsibilities: Assisted in the instruction of Child Psychology

August 2003 - May 2003 Adolescence Psychology, Aging and Adulthood Psychology.
Lectured on various topics, assisted with grading assignments, organized course schedules, and assisted with student's concerns and questions.

January 2006 - May 2006 Teacher Assistant: Intermediate Statistics
Responsibilities: Assisted in the instruction of intermediate statistics. Lectured on various topics, assisted with the writing and grading of class assignments, and assisted with student's concerns and questions.

May 2006 Teacher Assistant: Cognitive Psychology
Responsibilities: Assisted in the instruction of cognitive psychology. Lectured on various topics and assisted with student's concerns and questions.

January 2007 - May 2007 Instructor: Cognitive Psychology
Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University
Instructed an upper division undergraduate psychology course in cognitive psychology

PRESENTATIONS:

Ashley, J., Ashley, M., Little, D. (2009). Relation between thalamic integrity and functional outcome in TBI. Poster presented at the International Neurotrauma Meeting, Santa Barbara, California.

Ashley, J., Habib, R., Clancy Dollinger, S.M. (2008). The relation between social, physical, and cognitive activity and cognition in older adults. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dollinger, S., Chwalisz, K., Hand, K., Zerth, E., Ashley, J. (2007). Factors related to attrition in a multi-Component telehealth intervention for caregivers. Poster presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in San Francisco, California.

Habib, R., Dixon, M., Gerson, J., & Bihler, H. (2005). Functional neuroimaging of the near-miss phenomena in recreational gamblers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the MidAmerican Association for Behavior Analysis, Madison, Wisconsin.

Gerson, J.G. "Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias: Overview" Invited Presentation, Learning in Retirement (November 2003)

Clancy Dollinger, S.M., Garber, M., Gerson, J., Hanson, M. & Harris, L.A. (2003). Participation in Meaningful Activities and Successful Aging: Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses. Poster presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America in San Diego, California.

UNPUBLISHED WORK:

McKibbin, C.L., Gerson, J.G., & Unruh L. Diabetes Awareness and Rehabilitation Training. Unpublished Intervention Manual

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

American Psychological Association Division 20

Gerontological Society of America

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