Heather Jones, Ph.D.
Dr. Jones’ primary research and clinical interests focus on evidence-based assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), particularly within populations that are difficult to engage in mental health services, with a particular focus on ways that certain cognitions and behaviors (e.g., readiness to change, attributions about child behavior, health literacy) affect engagement in services. She recently wrapped up a VCU Center for Translational and Clinical Research grant to investigate the efficacy of motivational interviewing to improve help-seeking behaviors among African American caregivers of children with ADHD. Dr. Jones also has expertise in parent-child interaction research and is currently running a study examining African American parenting of children with and without ADHD. Finally, Dr. Jones has research and clinical interests in improving access to care via behavioral health clinics in pediatric primary care practices.
Dr. Jones received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for ADHD at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Following fellowship, Dr. Jones joined the faculty at the University of Akron and remained as a Research Psychologist there for three years. She also was on the training faculty as the Research Mentor for the Akron Children’s Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and worked with staff at the hospital on a number of research projects. She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia. Dr. Jones teaches graduate courses in Child Therapy and supervises the ADHD Clinic Practicum. She teaches an undergraduate course in Child Psychopathology.
Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Langberg received his PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed his internship at Duke University Medical Center. Prior to coming to VCU, he spent five years as an Assistant Professor in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Department of Pediatrics. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. Dr. Langberg’s research and clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He has received grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), to study the impact of school-based interventions on the academic and behavioral functioning of students with ADHD. Through these grants, Dr. Langberg developed and published the Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention (http://www.nasponline.org/publications/booksproducts/N1108.aspx). The HOPS intervention teaches children and adolescents with ADHD how to use organization and time management skills to improve academic performance.
Dr. Langberg and his students are currently conducting research in a wide variety of areas related to ADHD (see PASS publications), including alcohol use and comorbid disorders in college students with ADHD, sleep problems in adolescents with ADHD and their impact on behavior and school functioning, written expression abilities in adolescents with ADHD, assessment and treatment of ADHD in primary care settings, executive functions in ADHD and the association with academic and social performance, and factors that may predict successful academic trajectories in youth with ADHD. Dr. Langberg has a large on-going grant from IES that includes providing school-based interventions for close to 300 middle school age adolescents with ADHD. Dr. Langberg's students work on this project, assisting with the diagnostic and behavioral evaluations and outcome assessments.