Dr. Jessica Jones’ current research at Providence Care involves the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network. She is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Queen’s University with the Department of Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist and the former chair of the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Clinical Director of the Dual Diagnosis program (DDCP); an inter-professional team providing services to children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders with suspected psychiatric illness or challenging behaviour. Dr. Jones’ particular interest is in Forensic Disability involving persons with Dual Diagnosis and ASD who are in conflict with the law. Dr. Jones completed her clinical training and forensic specialty in the UK and following her move to Canada in 2002 has been working internationally with this population for over twenty-five years.
Academically, Dr. Jones has been an active clinical and research supervisor for over 150 graduate psychology students and interns, as well as medical residents, psychiatry fellows, and rehabilitation graduates. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications including journal articles, chapters, books and ministerial briefs; and her educational contributions include over 200 invited lectures, scholarly conferences, teaching seminars, and community engagement seminars within the areas of dual diagnosis and forensic disability. Current research programs relate to ASD, adapted CBT & DBT therapies, and the unique clinical pathways and service impact that offenders with disabilities have within the community.
Clinically, Dr. Jones provides consultation to developmental, mental health, and legal community partners across the province regarding risk assessment and management for individuals with dual diagnosis and ASD. She has been involved as an expert witness, for both the crown and defense, in cases involving differential diagnosis and risk involving individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.