Jessica Foley, PsyD, PhD


Jessica Foley is a board-certified neuropsychologist who evaluates patients for possible neurodegenerative and neurologic illness at the Memory and Aging Center. Foley specializes in a variety of neurodegenerative syndromes including mild cognitive impairment, frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer's disease, HIV, vascular dementia, as well as Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative movement syndromes.

Her research focuses on normal and pathological brain aging and risk factors for cognitive impairment, particularly in people with Alzheimer's disease and HIV.

Foley earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, followed by a Ph.D. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship specializing in clinical neuropsychology at Brown University's Alpert Medical School and a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Foley is an assistant clinical professor of neurology at UCSF and holds a diplomat in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

She is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the International Neuropsychological Society.


Memory and Aging Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2057
Fax: (415) 353-8292

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Jessica Foley


Nova Southeastern University, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University, Master of Science
Harvard University, undergraduate degree

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Watson C, Busovaca E, Foley JM, Allen IE, Schwarz CG, Jahanshad N, Nir TM, Esmaeili-Firidouni P, Milanini B, Rosen H, Carmichael OT, Thompson PM, Valcour VG. White matter hyperintensities correlate to cognition and fiber tract integrity in older adults with HIV. J Neurovirol. 2017 Jun; 23(3):422-429.
  2. Stricker NH, Salat DH, Kuhn TP, Foley JM, Price JS, Westlye LT, Esterman MS, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Leritz EC. Mild Cognitive Impairment is Associated With White Matter Integrity Changes in Late-Myelinating Regions Within the Corpus Callosum. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2016 Feb; 31(1):68-75.
  3. Foley, J., Salat, D.H., McGlinchey, R.E., Stricker, N.H., Grande, L., Milberg, W.P., & Leritz, E.C. Glucose dysregulation interacts APOE-4 to potentiate temporoparietal cortical thinning. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. 2015; epub ahead of print.
  4. Thames, A.D., Sayegh, P., Terashima, J., Foley, J., Cho, A., Arentoft, A., Hinkin, C.H., & Bookheimer, S.Y. Increased frontal-subcortical neural activity among HIV+ individuals during a lexical retrieval task. Neurobiology of Disease. 2015; in press.
  5. Foley J & Moye J. GeroCentral [Internet]. Decision Making Capacity Clinical Toolbox. Introduction: Decision Making Capacity. 2014.
  6. Foley, J. & Heck, A.L. Neurocognitive Disorders in Aging: A Primer on DSM-5 Changes and Framework for Application to Practice. The Clinical Gerontologist. 2014; 37:317-346.
  7. Foley, J & Kramer, J. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. California Verbal Learning Test. 2014; In press.
  8. Foley JM, Salat DH, Stricker NH, Zink TA, Grande LJ, McGlinchey RE, Milberg WP, Leritz EC. Interactive effects of apolipoprotein E4 and diabetes risk on later myelinating white matter regions in neurologically healthy older aged adults. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2014 May; 29(3):222-35.
  9. Arentoft, A., Thames, A.D., Foley, J., Arentsen, N., Arbid, S., Panos, S., Patel, S., Ballard, R., Castellon, S.A. & Hinkin, C.H. Decision making among HIV+ adults: the influence of neurocognition, sensation seeking and personality. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2013; 27(4):279, abstract.
  10. Stricker, N.H., Salat, D.H., Foley, J., Zink, T.A., Kellison, I.L., McFarland, C.P., Grande, L.J., McGlinchey, R.E., Milberg, W.P. & Leritz, E.C. Decreased White Matter Integrity in Neuropsychologically-Defined Mild Cognitive Impairment is Independent of Cortical Thinning. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2013; 19:1-13.
  11. Arbid, J.N., Arentsen, T.J., Thames, A.D., Foley, J., Panos, S.E., Ballard, R.Z., Castellon, S.A., & Hinkin, C.H. Implicit Learning among patients with HIV/AIDS: The Role of Cognitive Reserve. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2013; 27(4):278, abstract.
  12. Arentsen, T.J., Thames, A.D., Foley, J., Arbid, N., Panos, S.E., Patel, S., Ballard, R., Castellon, S.A., & Hinkin, C.H. Probabilistic Learning and Basal Ganglia Integrity among HIV+ Older Adults: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2013; 27(4):279, abstract.
  13. Foley, J., Gooding, A. L., Thames, A.D., Ettenhofer, M.L., Kim, M. S., Castellon, S. A., Marcotte, T.D., Sadek, J.R., Heaton, R. K., van Gorp, W.G., & Hinkin, C.H. Visuospatial and attentional abilities predict driving simulator performance among older HIV-infected adults. American Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementias. 2013; 28(2):185-194.
  14. Thames, A. D., Foley, J., Wright, M. J., Panos, S. E., Ettenhofer, M. E., Ramezani, A., Patel, V., Streiff, V., El-Saden, S., Goodwin, S., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Hinkin, C. H. Basal ganglia differentially contribute to verbal fluency among HIV-infected adults. Neuropsychologia. 2012; 50(3):390-395.
  15. Foley, J., Ettenhofer, M., Kim, M. S., Behdin, N., Castellon, S., & Hinkin, C. Cognitive reserve in older neurocognitively unimpaired HIV-infected patients at risk for decline. Applied Neuropsychology. 2012; 19:16-25.
  16. Wright, M. J., Woo, E., Foley, J., Ettenhofer, M. L., Cottingham, M. E., Gooding, A. L., Jang, J., Kim, M. S., Castellon, S. A., Miller, E. N. & Hinkin, C. H. Antiretroviral adherence and the nature of HIV-associated verbal memory impairment. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 2011; 23(3):324-331.
  17. Thames, A.D., Foley, J., Panos, S., Singer, E.J. & Hinkin, C. H. Cognitive reserve masks the neurobehavioral expression of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-associated neurological disorder among older patients. Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine. 2011; 3:87-93.
  18. Nzerem, C., Kim, M.S., Martinez, F.W., Woo, E., Foley, J., Ettenhofer, M.L., Castellon, S.A., Hinkin, C.H. & Wright, M.J. Comparison of Verbal Fluency Switching Measures in HIV. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2011; 17:87, Abstract.
  19. Thames, A. D., Becker, B. W., Marcotte, T. D., Hines, L. J., Foley, J., Ramezani, A., Singer, E. J., Castellon, S. A., Heaton, R. K., Hinkin, C. H. Depression, cognition, and self-appraisal of functional abilities in HIV: an examination of subjective appraisal versus objective performance. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2011; 25:224-243.
  20. Thames, A.D., Iriana, S., Foley, J., Panos, S., Patel, V., Streiff, V., El Saden, S., Goodwin, S., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Hinkin C.H. Gray matter integrity among older adults with HIV: the effects of age and immunological compromise. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 2011; 25:4, Abstract.

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