Amy J. Jak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence
University of California, San Diego
3350 La Jolla Village Drive (151B)
San Diego, CA 92161
Phone #: (858) 642-3742
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 Assistant
Professor (In Residence) of Psychiatry at UCSD and a
Research Psychologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego
Healthcare System. Dr. Jak’s current research is funded by a
VA Career Development Award and an Alzheimer’s Association
New Investigator Award.
Dr. Jak’s research focuses on
neuropsychology and neuroimaging in normal aging and mild
cognitive impairment. Specifically, her current research
examines how protective behavioral factors (e.g., physically
and mentally active lifestyles) impact cognition and brain
structural integrity. Additionally, her research examines
the potential for activity levels to modify genetic risk for
cognitive decline. Other research interests center on the
neuropsychological presentation of mild cognitive
impairment, mild traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic
Clinical and Teaching Focus
Dr. Jak is the Director of Traumatic
Brain Injury Cognitive Rehabilitation at the VA San Diego
Healthcare system and provides psychoeducation and training
in compensatory strategies to veterans with mild to moderate
TBI. She is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist within the
Department's private practice plan (UCSD Neuropsychological
Associates). She conducts clinical neuropsychological
evaluations of adults with a wide range of neurologic and
psychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on dementia
and traumatic brain injury.
Bangen, K.J., Restom, K., Liu, T.T., Jak,
A.J., Wierenga, C.E., Salmon, D.P., and Bondi, M.W.
(2007). Differential age effects on cerebral blood flow and
BOLD response to encoding: Associations with cognition and
stroke risk. Neurobiology of Aging.
Jak, A.J. (2007). Invited book review of Mild
Cognitive Impairment: International Perspectives. Journal
of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29,
Jak, A.J., Houston, W.S., Nagel, B.J.,
Corey-Bloom, J., and Bondi, M.W. (2007). Differential
cross-sectional and longitudinal impact of APOE genotype on
hippocampal volumes in nondemented older adults. Dementia
and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 23, 282-89.
S.D., Drake, A.I., Cessante, L.M., Jak, A.J.,
Houston, W.S., Delis, D.C., Filoteo, J.V., and Bondi, M.W.
(2007). APOE and TBI in a military population: Evidence of a
neuropsychological compensatory mechanism? Journal of
Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry.