Jessica Washington, MA

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator


Jessica’s research background includes experience with Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, psychophysiology, and substance abuse. This varied background has bred an appreciation for methodologically driven science and a passion for people. Jessica is currently serving as the primary point of contact for families interested in the research studies being conducted at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. She also serves as a representative for the Center in the local Durham community as well as the larger regional autism community. In her spare time, Jessica skates for Greensboro Roller Derby and serves as the head coach for the Durham County Special Olympics speed skating team.


Representative Publications

1. Washington, J. R., & Blumenthal, T. D. (2015). Effects of a startle stimulus on response speed and inhibition in a Go/NoGo task. Psychophysiology, 52(6), 745-753.

2. Washington, J. R., Manderino, L. M., Hegde, M. S., & Blumenthal, T. D. (September, 2014). Interactions between startle stimuli and Go/NoGo stimuli on reaction time, startle reactivity, and covert error rate. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Atlanta, GA.

3. Moody, L., Washington, J. R., & Bickel, W. K. (August, 2014). Executive Function in Comorbid Substance Dependence, Major Depressive Disorder, or Antisocial Personality Disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

4. Washington, J.R., & Blumenthal, T.D. (November, 2013). Inhibitory Control Processes and Startle Reactivity. Poster presented at the annual Psychonomics Conference, Toronto, ON.