Knowing she wanted a career serving others, Jamie Plummer Jones studied psychology as an undergraduate student at Clemson University, near her hometown
in Seneca, South Carolina. During her coursework, she discovered a love for learning
about behavior, development, neuroscience and cognition.
During her program, Jones worked as a graduate assistant in COMD chair Jean Neils-Strunjas’ Aging Gracefully Lab. Together, the team studied how lifestyle factors (e.g., social engagement, physical
activity) affect cognition.
“Dr. Neils-Strunjas has had a huge impact on me – providing so many opportunities
that I know I wouldn’t have otherwise,” Jones says. “I have learned so much in her
lab from her, our research, and through our community collaborations.”
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Dr. McLeod, who has been a great role
model for the type of clinician I want to be,” Jones says. “She is so knowledgeable
of our field and a great clinical supervisor while still being one of the kindest
and most patient people I know.”
Off campus, Jones gained clinical experience at a local elementary school, private
practice sites and a hospital. She found her niche working with children and plans
to pursue a position working with pediatric populations after graduating in August.
She is also considering a return to academia to pursue a Ph.D. and already has a good
start to that path with a peer-reviewed publication to her name (first author) and
another (second author) paper in press. She has also presented at major meetings,
such as the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference.
“Keep an open mind and take the time to learn and listen not only in your classes
and to your clinical supervisors, but to the people you are serving,” Jones shared
of her lessons learned. “Their voices are the ones that really matter and shape our