Ph.D, Miami Univ. (OH), Psychology 1995; Postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Catholic University of America, and National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. Jiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, and an affiliated faculty member of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, MRI and Spectroscopy Center, College of Medicine. She has a joint appointment with the Psychology Department, College of Art and Sciences, University of Kentucky. As the director of the Laboratory of Aging Brain and Cognition in Behavioral Science, Dr. Jiang enjoyed a breakthrough year in productive research, teaching and service in 2016. Dr. Jiang is the principal investigator on a project funded by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for Military Medicine, whose goal is to test neuroimaging-genetic biomarkers for risks of cognitive deficits and treatment efficacy in combat veterans with mild brain injury. She is a co-investigator on a cancer project funded by the Department of Defense developing cognitive neuro-markers for cancer patients with Chemo-brain. In addition, she serves as a co-investigator on a center project about impulsivity and urgency, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Center for Drug Abuse Translation. In 2016, Dr. Jiang published key preliminary findings (as first- or senior- author) using functional brain network, frontal event-related potentials, as cognitive neuroimaging markers for predicting old-age dementia. Based on these key pilot results, she submitted an R01 proposal as PI to NIH. She also serves as site PI in two grant applications currently under review at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She also received an Award from the Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. She has four publications with additional five manuscripts under review, and made seven national/international presentations including two invited international talks. Teaching. She continued to teach the first year medical students in Introduction to Clinical Medicine (MD811), and received a superb rating in teaching evaluation as a preceptor (3.9/4). During spring 2016, Dr. Jiang also designed and taught a new Human Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory course (BIO199-057) which has been well received by the undergraduates (overall rating 3.8/4). The STEMCats students who participated in this course presented six posters with their research at the spring undergraduate showcase. She has also taught MD800 (MD/PhD research), BIO395 & BIO199-001 (undergraduate research), and HON395 (research for honors). She was also a guest-lecture for a BIO101 STEMCats seminar. Additionally, she served as a faculty research mentor to 1st and 2nd year medical students, MD/PhD trainees, summer students, and four undergraduate students. She served on five PhD committees in 2016, two of which as co-chair, and a Master degree committee. Dr. Jiang continues to serve the community at large by participating in the peer-review of research grants. She reviewed grant proposals for two NIH study sections and for Research Council United Kingdom (Bioscience for the Future). Dr. Jiang served on the program committee for the annual international conference of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. She continues to be a manuscript reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals in cognitive and affective neuroscience, biological psychology, aging and dementia, and sports medicine. She served as faculty judge for the Spring Neuroscience Day, and the annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia. Moreover, she serves as a member on the Global Health International Committee, the Administrative Council for Gerontology in the School of Public Health. Lastly, Dr. Jiang was a speaker for the 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference (undergraduate Panhellenic and Greek coalition). She serves as a board member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.
Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and cognition in healthy and clinical populations. Her lab is using approaches of psychophysics and cognitive neuroscience, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and event-related potentials (ERPs). The current projects include developing neurosignatures of memory malfunction and cognitive impairment due to aging or brain damage, and measuring individual differences in behavior, brain responses and genetics associated with cognitive and affective processes.
Co-Investigator, "Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment: Stage 2 study of 'Chemo brain' in Ovarian Cancer Patients" (Miller), Department of Defense, Ovarian Cancer Research Program, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, 2015-2017.
Principal Investigator, "Neuroimaging-Genetic biomarkers to identify risk and treatment efficacy in combat TBI and PTSD" (Jiang), Henry M. Jackson Foundation, 2015-2017.
Co-Investigator, “Individual Differences in sensation seeking status” (Kelly), National Institute of Drug Abuse, P50 DA005312 to UK CDART center (Bardo), 2008-2017.
Co-Investigator, “Noninvasive optical assessment of cerebrovascular disease in an older population” Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and UK CCTS Pilot Project (Yu), National Institute on Aging, 5P30AG028383-08 (Van Eldik), 2013-2014
Principal Investigator, “Genetic contribution to individual differences in risk-taking behavior”, Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation Pilot Project (Jiang), National Institute on Drug Abuse 5P50DA005312-21 (Bardo), 2011-2012
Co-Investigator, “Individual Differences in reward and inhibition”, National Institute of Drug Abuse, (Lynam), P50 DA005312 (Bardo), 2008-2013.
Co-Principal Investigator, “Alzheimer's disease detection via non-linear analysis of EEG”, Department of Energy, DE-AC05-OR22725 to Ork Ridge National Laboratory (Smith), 6/2005-9/09.
Principal Investigator, "NeuroImaging of complex motion in young and old", National Institute of Aging (NIA), K01 AG00986 (Jiang), 9/2001-8/07.
Principal Investigator, "Brain imaging of visual memory for dynamic 3-D objects" Pilot grant (Jiang), part of NIH P50 AG05144-21 to Alzheimer Disease Research Center (Markesbery), 5/2004-3/07.
Li, J, Broster, L, Jicha, G, Munro, N, Schmitt, F, Abner, E, Kryscio, R, Smith, C, & Jiang, Y (2017). A cognitive electrophysiological signature differentiates amnestic mild cognitive impairment from normal aging, Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, 9:3. DOI: 10.1186/s13195-016-0229-3
Jiang, Y, Huang, H, Abner, E, Broster, LS, Jicha, G, Schmitt, F, Kryscio, R, Andersen, A, Powell, D, van Eldik, L, Gold, B, Nelson, P, Smith, C, & Ding, M (2016). Alzheimer’s biomarkers are correlated with brain connectivity in older adults differentially during resting and task states, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8: 15. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00015
Chester, D, DeWall, CN, Derefinko, K, Estus, S, Lynam, DR, Jiang, Y (2016). Looking for reward in all the wrong places: Dopamine receptor gene polymorphisms correlate with aggression through greater sensation-seeking, Social Neuroscience, 11, 487-494.
McBride, J, Zhao, X, Munro, N, Jicha, G, Schmitt, FA, Kryscio, RJ, Smith, C, & Jiang, Y (2015), Sugihara causality analysis of scalp EEG for detection of early Alzheimer's Disease, NeuroImage: Clinical, 7: 258–265.
Downer, B, Jiang, Y, Zanjani, F, & Fardo, D (2014). Effects of alcohol consumption on cognition and regional brain volumes among older adults, American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, E-Pub September 7, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1533317514549411.
Broster, LS, Li, J, Smith, C, Jicha, G, Schimitt, F, & Jiang, Y (2013). Repeated retrieval during working memory is sensitive to amnestic mild cognitive impairment, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35 (9): 946-59.
Xu, P, Gu, R, Broster, L, Wu, R, Van Dam, N, Jiang, Y, Fan, J, & Luo, Y (2013). Neural basis of emotional decision making in trait anxiety, Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (47): 18641-18653.
McBride, J, Zhao, X, Munro, N, Smith, C, Jicha, J, & Jiang, Y (2013). Resting EEG discrimination of early Alzheimer’s disease from normal aging using inter-channel coherence network graphs. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41 (6), 1233-1242.
Parasuraman, R & Jiang, Y (2012). Individual differences in cognition, affect, and performance: Behavioral, neuroimaging, and molecular genetic approaches, NeuroImage, 59 (1), p70-82.
Broster, LS, Blonder, L, & Jiang, Y (2012). Does emotional memory enhancement assist the memory-impaired? A mini-review, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4:2. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2012.00002.Lawson, A, Liu, X, Joseph, J, Vagnini, V, Thomas, KH, Jiang, Y (2012).
Sensation seeking predicts brain responses in the old-new task: converging multimodal neuroimaging evidence, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84(3): 260-9; doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.03.003.
Jiang, Y, Lianekhammy, J, Lawson, A, Guo, C, Lynam, D, Joseph, J, Gold, BT, & Kelly, TH. (2009). Brain responses to repeated visual experience among low and high sensation seekers: role of boredom susceptibility, Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging, 173, 100-106.
Jones, WJ, Childers, TL, & Jiang, Y (2012). The shopping brain: mathematical anxiety modulates brain responses to buying decisions, Biological Psychology, 89, 201-213. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.10.011.
Jiang, Y, Luo, YJ, & Parasuraman, R. (2009). Neural mechanisms underlying age-related reduction in visual motion priming, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16(2): 164-82.
Ding, JH, Powell, D, & Jiang, Y (2009). Dissociable frontal controls during visible and memory-guided eye-tracking of moving targets, Human Brain Mapping, 30:3541-3552.
Jiang, Y, Boehler, CN, Nönnig, N, Düzel, E, Hopf, JM, Heinze, HJ, & Schoenfeld, MA (2008). Spatial-temporal analysis of binding 3D shape perception, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, (4), 553-562.
Guo, CY, Lawson, A, Zhang, Q, & Jiang, Y (2008). Brain potentials of new and studied objects during working memory, Human Brain Mapping, 29, (4), 441-452 (Cover Illustration).
Jiang, Y, Ding, JH, Gold, BT, & Powell, D (2008). The hemispheric asymmetries in tracking occluded moving targets with the mind’s eye: Simultaneous event-related fMRI and eye-movement recording, Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2: (4), 300-308.
Lawson, AL,Guo, C, & Jiang, Y (2007). Age effects on brain activity during repetition priming of targets and distracters, Neuropsychologia, 45, 1223-1231.
Guo, CY, Lawson, A, & Jiang, Y (2007). Two distinct neural mechanisms of repetition priming, Neuroscience, 149, 747-759.
Zhang, Q, Guo, C, Lawson, A, & Jiang, Y (2006). Electrophysiological correlates of visual affective priming, Brain Research Bulletin, 71, 316-323.
Jiang, Y, Luo, YJ, & Parasuraman, R (2002). Neural correlates for perceptual priming of visual motion. Brain Research Bulletin, 57 (2), 211-219.
Jiang, Y, Haxby, JV, Martin, A, Ungerleider, LG, & Parasuraman, R (2000). Complementary neural mechanisms for tracking familiar items in human working memory. Science, 287, 643-646.