School of Education
Jacky Au is a Ph.D. student in UC Irvine’s Education program with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). He believes that the goal of every human being is to strive to become the best version of him/herself possible, and his research interests are merely an extension of that personal philosophy.
Jacky’s current focus is on cognitive training, particularly working memory training, and how this may translate into tangible improvements in everyday tasks such as attention, impulse control, and academic learning. He is further interested in elucidating the underlying neural mechanisms thereof, and how this understanding can inform and optimize the design of future cognitive training interventions. His broader passions also include the improvement of physical and emotional wellbeing, and the reciprocal interactions between these domains and cognition.
Jacky graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007. For the next five years, he continued his academic and professional development with the UC Davis Medical Center, first with a project evaluating the efficacy of gingko biloba in preventing or delaying the onset of dementia, and then with various projects looking to examine the nature and treatment of fragile X syndrome at the UC Davis MIND Institute. His final project at the MIND involved the evaluation of Cogmed working memory training within the fragile X population.
In his spare time when not conducting research, Jacky often pretends he is not too old to still do gymnastics, and will eagerly do a backflip for anyone who asks. Sometimes, he may even land on his feet… Also, he is an avid barefoot runner, will challenge anybody at chess, and particularly enjoys crying himself to sleep each night for not being the best version of himself possible (especially after losing a game of chess).
Au, J., Berkowitz-Sutherland, L., Schneider, A., Schweitzer, J.B., Hessl, D., Hagerman, R.J. (in press). A feasibility Trial of Cogmed Working Memory Training in Fragile X Syndrome. Journal of Pediatric Genetics.
Au, J., Sheehan, E., Tsai, N., Duncan, G., Buschkuehl, M., & Jaeggi, S. (2014). Improving Fluid Intelligence with Training on Working Memory: A Meta-Analysis. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [IF: 2.25].
Au, J., Akins, R. S., Berkowitz-Sutherland, L., Tang, H., Chen, Y., Boyd, A., Tassone, F., Nguyen, D., & Hagerman, R. (2013). Prevalence and risk of migraine headaches in adult fragile X premutation carriers. Clin Genet, doi: 10.1111/cge.12109
Chonchaiya, W., Au, J., Schneider, A., Hessl, D., Harris, S. W., Laird, M., Mu, Y., Tassone, F., Nguyen, D. V., & Hagerman, R. J. (2012). Increased prevalence of seizures in boys who were probands with the FMR1 premutation and co-morbid autism spectrum disorder. Hum Genet, 131(4), 581-589.
Winarni, T. I., Chonchaiya, W., Au, J., Adams, E., Mu, Y., Nguyen, D. V., Rivera, S., & Hagerman, R. J. (2012). Sertraline may improve language developmental trajectory in young children with fragile X syndrome: A retrospective chart review. Autism research and treatment, doi:10.1155/2012/104317
Greco, C. M., Navarro, C. S., Hunsaker, M. R., Maezawa, I., Shuler, J. F., Tassone, F., Delany, M., Au, J. W., Berman, R. F., Jin, L. W., Schumann, C., Hagerman, P. J., & Hagerman, R. J. (2011). Neuropathologic features in the hippocampus and cerebellum of three older men with fragile X syndrome. Mol Autism, 2(1), 2.
Hagerman, R., Au, J., & Hagerman, P. (2011). FMR1 premutation and full mutation molecular mechanisms related to autism. J Neurodev Disord, 3(3), 211-224.
Chonchaiya, W., Nguyen, D. V., Au, J., Campos, L., Berry-Kravis, E. M., Lohse, K., Mu, Y., Utari, A., Hervey, C., Wang, L., Sorensen, P., Cook, K., Gane, L., Tassone, F., & Hagerman, R. J. (2010). Clinical involvement in daughters of men with fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome. Clin Genet, 78(1), 38-46.
Au, J., & Hagerman, R. (2013). Fragile X–Associated Disorders. In D. Pfaff (Ed.), Neuroscience in the 21st Century (pp. 2391-2410): Springer, New York.
Hagerman, R., Lauterborn, J., Au, J., & Berry-Kravis, E. (2012). Fragile x syndrome and targeted treatment trials. In R. B. Denman (Ed.), Modeling fragile x syndrome (Vol. 54, pp. 297-335): Springer: Berlin Heidelberg.
Mastergeorge, A. M., Au, J., & Hagerman, R. (2010). Fragile x: A family of disorders. In R. Nass & Y. Frank (Eds.), Cognitive and behavioral abnormalities of pediatric diseases (pp. 170-187). New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.
Au, J., Sheehan, E., Tsai, N., Duncan, G., Buschkuehl, M., & Jaeggi, S. (2014, May 22-25th). Improving Fluid Intelligence with Training on Working Memory: A Meta-Analysis. Poster session presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Au, J., Schneider, A., Berkowitz-Sutherland, L., Hessl, D., Hagerman, R., & Schweitzer, J. (2012). Evaluation of Cogmed Working Memory Training in Fragile X Syndrome. Poster session presented at the 13th International Fragile X Conference, Miami, FL.
Au, J., Chonchaiya, W., Laird, M., Schneider, A., Harris, S., Gane, L., Hessl, D., Utari, A., & Hagerman, R. (2010). Clinical Involvement in Young Male Individuals with the Fragile X Premutation. Paper presented at the 12th International Fragile X Conference, Detroit, MI.