Jane Paulsen, PhD


Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Neurology, Psychology

Contact Information

Primary Office:  
Phone: 319-353-4551

Office: 1-305 Medical Education Building
Iowa City, IA 52242

Web: Huntington's Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at the University of Iowa


BS, Psychology with honors, Simpson College, Indianola, IA
MS, Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
PhD, Counseling Psychology (APA accredited), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Internship, Clinical Psychology, V.A. Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
Post Doctorate, Neuropsychology, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of California, San Diego, CA

Licensure and Certifications

Iowa Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
California Psychologist License

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine
Medical Scientist Training Program

Research Summary

Neural basis of cognition; preclinical deficits in dementia gene-carriers; frontal subcortical deficits, particularly Huntington's disease Research in this laboratory uses tools of neuropsychology and cognitive psychology to examine behavioral correlates of brain dysfunction. Topics of current interest include subtypes of Alzheimer's disease, preclinical cognitive deficits associated with gene-carriers of Huntington's disease and clinical/imaging correlates of cognitive measures. Functional MR and PET are used to examine frontal-striatal circuitry dysfunction in these disorders.

Selected Publications

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Downing N, Kim J, Williams J, Long J, Mills J, Paulsen J.  WHODAS 2.0 in prodromal Huntington disease: measures of functioning in neuropsychiatric disease.  Eur J Hum Genet.  2014 December. 

Sachdev P, Kalaria R, O'Brien J, Skoog I, Alladi S, Black S, Blacker D, Blazer D, Chen C, Chui H, Ganguli M, Jellinger K, Jeste D, Pasquier F, Paulsen J, Prins N, Rockwood K, Roman G, Scheltens P.  Diagnostic criteria for vascular cognitive disorders: a VASCOG statement.  Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord.  2014. 28(3):206-18.

Harrington D, Liu D, Smith M, Mills J, Long J, Aylward E, Paulsen J.  Neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive functioning in prodromal Huntington disease.  Brain Behav.  2014. 4(1):29-40.

Yager J, Gasparovic C, Magnotta V, Adams W, Fiedorowicz J, Paulsen J, Jorge R, Beglinger L.  Preliminary study of the association of white-matter metabolite concentrations with disease severity in patients with Huntington's disease.  J Neuropsych Clin Neurosci.  2014. 26(1):101-4.

Paulsen J, Smith M, Long J,  .  Cognitive decline in prodromal Huntington Disease: Implications for clinical trials.  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry.  2013 November. 84(11):1233-9.

Long J, Paulsen J, Marder K, Zhang Y, Kim J, Mills J,  .  Tracking motor impairments in the progression of Huntington Disease.  Mov Disord.  2013 October 21. 

Epping E, Mills J, Beglinger L, Fiedorowicz J, Craufurd D, Smith M, Groves M, Bijanki K, Downing N, Williams J, Long J, Paulsen J.  Characterization of depression in prodromal Huntington disease in the neurobiological predictors of HD (PREDICT-HD) study.  J Psychiatric Res.  2013 October. 47(10):1423-31.

McCusker E, Gunn D, Epping E, Loy C, Radford K, Griffith J, Mills J, Long J, Paulsen J.  Unawareness of motor phenoconversion in Huntington Disease.  Neurology.  2013 September 24. 81(13):1141-7.

Tang C, Feigin A, Ma Y, Habeck C, Paulsen J, Leenders K, Teune L, van Oostrom J, Guttman M, Dhawan V, Eidelberg D.  Metabolic network as a progression biomarker of premanifest Huntington's disease.  J Clin Invest.  2013 September 3. 123(9):4076-88.

Paulsen J, Nance M, Kim J, Carlozzi N, Panegyres P, Erwin C, Goh A, McCusker E, Williams J.  A review of quality of life after predictive testing for and earlier identification of neurodegenerative diseases.  Prog Neurobiol.  2013. 110(2):2-28.

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