Dr. Bernard’s work seeks to understand how the cerebellum contributes to both motor and cognitive behavior. During her graduate work with Dr. Rachael Seidler at the University of Michigan, she investigated how changes in cerebellar structure and networks with the rest of the brain contribute to the motor and cognitive declines seen in healthy aging. During her work as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Vijay Mittal, she translated her cerebellar methods into clinical populations working with youth at ultra high-risk for psychosis. Dr. Bernard’s work is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. At Texas A&M, Dr. Bernard is excited to move back into aging research, where she will combine neuroimaging methods with both behavioral and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to better understand the aging mind and brain.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
Title: Cerebellar Contributions to Disease Course in Youth at High-Risk of Psychosis F32MH102898-01
Role: Post-Doctoral Trainee
Sponsor: Vijay A. Mittal, Co-Sponsors: Marie T. Banich & Jessica A. Turner
Dates: October 2013-September 2015
Impact Score: 17 Percentile: 4
Direct Costs: $98,428
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Grant
Donald and Janet Boardman Family Investigator
Title: Cerbelllo-Prefrontal Involvement in Error Processing and Rule Learning in Youth at Ultra High-Risk for Psychosis
Dates: January 15, 2015 – January 15, 2017
Direct Costs: $65,000
Bernard, J.A. & Mittal, V.A. (In Press). Updating the research domain criteria: the utility of a motor dimension. Psychological Medicine.
Bernard, J.A., Orr, J.M., & Mittal, V.A. (In press). Abnormal hippocampal-thalamic white matter tract development and positive symptom course in adolescents at ultra high-risk for psychosis. npj Schizophrenia.
Bernard, J.A. & Mittal, V.A. (In Press). Dysfunctional activation of the cerebellum in schizophrenia: a functional neuroimaging meta-analysis. Clinical Psychological Science.
Festini, S.B., Bernard, J.A., Kwak, Y., Peltier, S., Bohnen, N.I., Muller, M.LT.M., Dayalu, P, & Seidler, R.D. (2015). Cerebellar connectivity in Parkinson’s patients ON and OFF medication: evidence for compensatory and pathological connectivity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 214.
Dean, D.J., Kent, J.S., Bernard, J.A., Orr, J.M., Gupta, T., Pelletier-Baldelli, A., Carol, E.E., & Mittal, V.A. (2015). Increased postural sway predicts negative symptom progression in youth at ultra high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 162(1-3), 86-89.
Bernard, J.A., Leopold, D.R., Calhoun, V.D., & Mittal, V.A. (2015). Regional cerebellar volume and cognitive function from adolescence to late middle age. Human Brain Mapping, 36(3), 1102-1120.