Jessica Hua, PhD, MA

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-7057
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4456-2585 Additional info
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    San Francisco VA Health Care System / University of California San Francisco02/2023Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of MissouriPhD06/2020Clinical Psychology
    San Francisco VA Health Care System06/2020Clinical Internship
    University of MissouriMA08/2014Clinical Psychology
    University of California San DiegoBS06/2012Psychology
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    2023UCSF Clinical Teaching Certificate
    2023UCSF Psychiatry Trainee Research Award
    2023UCSF General Teaching Certificate
    2021NeuroHackademy Program Awardee
    2021Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Junior Investigator Award
    2021Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) Early Career Award
    2020University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Excellence in Mentoring
    2019Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) Clinical Science Student Training Award ($1,000)
    2019University of Missouri Graduate Student Excellence Award Nominee
    2019University of Missouri Dissertation Research Award ($400)
    2018University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Student Excellence Award
    2018University of Missouri Graduate Student Travel Award ($400)
    2017University of Missouri Graduate Student Travel Award ($400)
    2016University of Missouri Graduate Student Travel Award ($450)
    2016University of Missouri Summer Grant Writing Fellowship ($3,575)
    2015University of Missouri Graduate Fellowship ($1,000)
    2012Phi Beta Kappa
    2012University of California, San Diego Latin Honors: Cum Laude
    2012University of California, San Diego Psychology Departmental Honors: High Distinction
    2008  - 2012University of California, San Diego Provost Honors

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    Neuromodulation of Plasticity and Cognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia
    Department of Veteran Affairs, VHA CDA-2Oct 1, 2024 - Sep 30, 2029
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: Cognitive dysfunction is the strongest predictor of poor functional outcomes in schizophrenia, yet available cognitive enhancement treatments yield modest effects. Converging evidence suggests that basic mechanisms of neuroplasticity, the fundamental building blocks of learning and memory, are impaired and contribute to cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which in turn limit treatment benefits for cognitively impaired Veterans. The proposed study aims to examine neuromodulatory methods for enhancing neuroplasticity and to advance the field’s knowledge of neuroplasticity mechanisms, with particular focus on how modulation of these mechanisms relates to enhanced cognition.
    Neuro-oscillatory Mechanisms Underlying Deficient Neuroplasticity in Schizophrenia
    Department of Veteran Affairs, VHA, VISN 21 ECAPOct 1, 2022 - Sep 30, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Description: Long-term potentiation is a basic neural mechanism responsible for learning and memory. Recent data suggest that it is impaired in schizophrenia, but it is unclear what the underlying mechanisms are and what conditions are necessary to successfully induce long-term potentiation in schizophrenia. The primary goal of the proposed research is to examine the oscillatory mechanisms underlying long-term potentiation in schizophrenia and their associations with cognitive dysfunction in two archival datasets.

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    1. Pons-to-cerebellum hypoconnectivity along the psychosis spectrum and associations with sensory prediction and hallucinations in schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2024 Feb 02. Abram SV, Hua JPY, Nicholas S, Roach B, Keedy S, Sweeney JA, Mathalon DH, Ford JM. PMID: 38311290.
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    2. Cortical and subcortical brain morphometry abnormalities in youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis and individuals with early illness schizophrenia. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2023 07; 332:111653. Hua JPY, Loewy RL, Stuart B, Fryer SL, Niendam TA, Carter CS, Vinogradov S, Mathalon DH. PMID: 37121090; PMCID: PMC10362971.
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    3. Rich-club connectivity and structural connectome organization in youth at clinical high-risk for psychosis and individuals with early illness schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2023 05; 255:110-121. Hua JPY, Cummings J, Roach BJ, Fryer SL, Loewy RL, Stuart BK, Ford JM, Vinogradov S, Mathalon DH. PMID: 36989668; PMCID: PMC10705845.
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    4. Mismatch Negativity and Theta Oscillations Evoked by Auditory Deviance in Early Schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2023 12; 8(12):1186-1196. Hua JPY, Roach BJ, Ford JM, Mathalon DH. PMID: 36931469.
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    5. Cerebellar stimulation in schizophrenia: A systematic review of the evidence and an overview of the methods. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:1069488. Hua JPY, Abram SV, Ford JM. PMID: 36620688; PMCID: PMC9815121.
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    6. Advanced brain age correlates with greater rumination and less mindfulness in schizophrenia. Neuroimage Clin. 2023; 37:103301. Abram SV, Roach BJ, Hua JPY, Han LKM, Mathalon DH, Ford JM, Fryer SL. PMID: 36586360; PMCID: PMC9830317.
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    7. Impact of Alcohol Use, Traumatic Stress, and Cigarette Smoking on Cognitive Functioning in Veterans With Co-occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Mil Med. 2022 Sep 30. Hua JPY, Cano M, Batki SL, Pennington DL. PMID: 36179109; PMCID: PMC10362996.
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    8. Examining associations between social anhedonia and convergent thinking using the Remote Associates Test. Cogn Neuropsychiatry. 2022 Nov; 27(6):458-470. Spann DJ, Straub KT, Hua JPY, Pellegrini AM, Kerns JG. PMID: 36166749.
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    9. Consider the pons: bridging the gap on sensory prediction abnormalities in schizophrenia. Trends Neurosci. 2022 11; 45(11):798-808. Abram SV, Hua JPY, Ford JM. PMID: 36123224; PMCID: PMC9588719.
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    10. Cortical and subcortical structural morphometric profiles in individuals with non-affective and affective early illness psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin Open. 2022; 1(3):sgac028. Hua JPY, Mathalon DH.
    11. Alcohol use in emerging adults associated with lower rich-club connectivity and greater connectome network disorganization. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 01 01; 230:109198. Hua JPY, de Lange SC, van den Heuvel MP, Boness CL, Trela CJ, McDowell YE, Merrill AM, Piasecki TM, Sher KJ, Kerns JG. PMID: 34861495; PMCID: PMC8837437.
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    12. Relations between lab indices of emotion dysregulation and negative affect reactivity in daily life in two independent studies. J Affect Disord. 2022 01 15; 297:217-224. Trull TJ, Hepp J, Wycoff AM, Vebares TJ, Fleming MN, Hua JPY, Yeung EW, Kerns JG. PMID: 34695499; PMCID: PMC8629845.
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    13. Associations between long-term psychosis risk, probabilistic category learning, and attenuated psychotic symptoms with cortical surface morphometry. Brain Imaging Behav. 2022 Feb; 16(1):91-106. Hua JPY, Karcher NR, Straub KT, Kerns JG. PMID: 34218406.
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    14. Daily-life negative affect in emotional distress disorders associated with altered frontoinsular emotion regulation and cortical gyrification. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 2021; (45):1-18. Hua JPY, Trull TJ, Merrill AM, Myers OTT, Straub KT, Kerns JG.
    15. Functional connectivity between the ventral anterior cingulate and amygdala during implicit emotional conflict regulation and daily-life emotion dysregulation. Neuropsychologia. 2021 07 30; 158:107905. Hua JPY, Trull TJ, Merrill AM, Tidwell EA, Kerns JG. PMID: 34058174.
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    16. Prospective Study Examining the Effects of Extreme Drinking on Brain Structure in Emerging Adults. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2020 11; 44(11):2200-2211. Hua JPY, Sher KJ, Boness CL, Trela CJ, McDowell YE, Merrill AM, Piasecki TM, Kerns JG. PMID: 32970324; PMCID: PMC7680366.
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    17. Psychosis risk is associated with decreased white matter integrity in limbic network corticostriatal tracts. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2020 07 30; 301:111089. Straub KT, Hua JPY, Karcher NR, Kerns JG. PMID: 32442837; PMCID: PMC7293570.
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    18. Alcohol use in young adults associated with cortical gyrification. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01; 209:107925. Hua JPY, Piasecki TM, McDowell YE, Boness CL, Trela CJ, Merrill AM, Sher KJ, Kerns JG. PMID: 32088591; PMCID: PMC7127958.
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    19. Daily-life affective instability in emotional distress disorders is associated with function and structure of posterior parietal cortex. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2020 02 29; 296:111028. Hua JPY, Trull TJ, Merrill AM, McCarty RM, Straub KT, Kerns JG. PMID: 31911320.
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    20. Examining associations between two different jumping to conclusions scores with positive schizotypy and recent distress. Cogn Neuropsychiatry. 2020 01; 25(1):45-56. Hua JPY, Karcher NR, Kerns JG. PMID: 31668129.
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    21. Metacognitive training for individuals in the early stages of psychosis. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. 2019; (00):1-10. Hua JPY, Kanas N .
    22. Psychosis risk is associated with decreased resting-state functional connectivity between the striatum and the default mode network. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2019 08; 19(4):998-1011. Hua JPY, Karcher NR, Merrill AM, O'Brien KJ, Straub KT, Trull TJ, Kerns JG. PMID: 30756347; PMCID: PMC6690819.
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    23. Striatum-related functional activation during reward- versus punishment-based learning in psychosis risk. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 10; 44(11):1967-1974. Karcher NR, Hua JPY, Kerns JG. PMID: 31272104; PMCID: PMC6784983.
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    24. Explicit and Implicit Affect and Judgment in Schizotypy. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:1491. Martin EA, Hua JPY, Straub KT, Kerns JG. PMID: 31312158; PMCID: PMC6613436.
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    25. Probabilistic Category Learning and Striatal Functional Activation in Psychosis Risk. Schizophr Bull. 2019 03 07; 45(2):396-404. Karcher NR, Hua JPY, Kerns JG. PMID: 29590478; PMCID: PMC6403050.
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    26. Childhood trauma and clinical high risk for psychosis. Schizophr Res. 2019 03; 205:10-14. Loewy RL, Corey S, Amirfathi F, Dabit S, Fulford D, Pearson R, Hua JPY, Schlosser D, Stuart BK, Mathalon DH, Vinogradov S. PMID: 29779964; PMCID: PMC6939986.
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    27. Differentiating positive schizotypy and mania risk scales and their associations with spontaneous eye blink rate. Psychiatry Res. 2018 06; 264:58-66. Hua JPY, Kerns JG. PMID: 29627698.
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    28. Effects of COMT genotype on cognitive ability and functional capacity in individuals with schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2014 Oct; 159(1):114-7. Twamley EW, Hua JP, Burton CZ, Vella L, Chinh K, Bilder RM, Kelsoe JR. PMID: 25139113.
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    29. Inhibitory deficits in euthymic bipolar disorder patients assessed in the human behavioral pattern monitor. J Affect Disord. 2013 Sep 25; 150(3):948-54. Henry BL, Minassian A, Patt VM, Hua J, Young JW, Geyer MA, Perry W. PMID: 23759280; PMCID: PMC3759601.
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