BiographyDr. 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 Staff Neurosychologist and Director, TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic, at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Jak’s research interests are in novel treatments for mild TBI as well as in cognitive aging and mild cognitive impairment.
Research InterestsDr. 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 stress disorder.
Clinical FocusDr. 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.