Dr. Jessica A Clark, PhD

Dr. Jessica A. Clark, PhD

Dr. Jessica A. Clark, PhD

Languages: English
Fax: (202) 291-5366

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Specialties
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychology
Conditions I Treat
  • adjustment disorder
  • alzheimer's disease
  • anxiety
  • behavioral disorders
  • behavioral health
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Procedures I Perform
  • acceptance and commitment therapy
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • dialectical behavioral therapy
  • interpersonal psychotherapy
  • mindfulness based cognitive therapy
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About the Provider

Jessica Clark, PhD, is a neuropsychologist conducting assessments and psychotherapy with individuals who have various neurological conditions. She is the co-director of the Transitions, Neuro Day Treatment Program, working with day program patients as well as other outpatients. She is involved in the MedStar NRH Concussion Clinic, and has worked with various professional athletic teams. She also provides supervision as part of the MNRH Neuropsychology Fellowship. 

After completing her undergraduate education at Penn State University, Dr. Clark received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, from the University of Kentucky. She completed an APA accredited clinical psychology internship within the neuropsychology track at the VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a two-year neuropsychology fellowship, consistent with APA Division 40/Houston Guidelines, at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Clark has a broad background in neuropsychological assessment and treatment, rehabilitation, and various types of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic interventions. Her patient population includes individuals who have sustained brain injury, cerebrovascular accident, brain tumors, dementia, and/or psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Clark has conducted research in traumatic brain injury, including studies of working memory in moderate to severe TBI utilizing fMRI, and exploring interventions for improving poor self-awareness after brain injury. Publications and presentations include research on neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging, MTBI and PTSD in veterans, and capacity issues.

Education
  • Graduate Education: University of Kentucky (2006)
Publications
Berry, D.T.R., Schipper, L.J., & Clark, J.A. (2012). Detection of feigning of head injury symptoms on the MMPI-2. In C.R. Reynolds & A. MacNeill Horton, Jr. (Eds.) Detection of malingering during head injury litigation (2nd Ed.). New York: Plenum Press.

Wolfe, P.L. & Clark, J.A. (2011). Driving capacity. In G.J. Demakis (Ed.) Civil Capacities in Clinical Neuropsychology: Research findings and practical applications (National Academy of Neuropsychology series on evidence-based practices). New York: Oxford University Press.

Jasinski, L.J., Berry, D.T.R., Shandera, A., & Clark, J.A. (2011). Use of the Digit Span test for detecting malingered neurocognitive dysfunction: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33, 300-314.

High, W., Briones-Galang, M., Clark, J., Gilkison, C., Mossberg, K., Zqaljardic, D., Masel, B., & Urban, R. (2010). Effect of growth hormone replacement therapy on cognition after traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 1565-1575.

Shandera, A.L., Berry, D.T.R., Clark, J.A., Schipper, L.J., Graue, L.O., & Harp, J.P. (2010). Detecting Malingered Mental Retardation. Psychological Assessment.

Berry, D.T.R., Sollman, M.J., Schipper, L.J., Clark, J.A., & Shandera, A.L. (2009). Assessment of feigned psychological symptoms. In J.N. Butcher (Ed.) Oxford handbook of personality assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Alwes, Y.R., Clark, J.A., Berry, D.T.R., & Granacher, R.P. (2008). Screening for feigning in a civil forensic setting, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30, 133-140.

Schipper, L.J., Berry, D.T.R., Coen, E., Clark, J.A. (2008). Cross-validation of a manual form of the Letter Memory Test using a known-groups methodology. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22, 345-349.

Vagnini, V., Berry, D., Clark, J., & Jiang, Y. (2008). New measures to detect malingered neurocognitive deficit: Applying reaction time and event-related potentials. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30(7), 766-776.

Graue, L. O., Berry, D. T. R., Clark, J. A., Sollman, M. J., Cardi, M., Hopkins, J. & Werline, D. (2007). Identification of feigned mental retardation using the new generation of malingering detection instruments: Preliminary findings. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 20(6), 929-942.

Jiang, Y., Vagnini, V., Clark, J., Zhang, Q. (2007). Reduced sensitivity of affective mismatch in older adults. TheScientificWorldJOURNAL, 7, 115.

Vagnini, V. L., Sollman, M. J., Berry, D. T. R., Granacher. R. P., Clark, J. A., Burton, R., O’Brien, M., Bacon, E. & Saier, J. (2006).  Known-groups cross-validation of the Letter Memory Test in a compensation-seeking mixed neurologic sample.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 20(2), 289-304.
Practice Locations
Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital