Department: Psychology/Social Science
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: NW N3424
Office Phone: (604) 527-5810
Education and Credentials
- Ph.D., Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- M.A., Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- B.A., Psychology, University of the Fraser Valley
Academic and Professional Profile
My research primarily examines sex differences in behaviour and the role of gonadal hormones in the organization of neural structures involved in behaviours such as learning, affect, and reproduction. I have a particular interest in the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as BPA, on the developing brain and the resulting changes in adult behaviours, such as anxiety, depression, learning and reproduction. A secondary research interest has been in examining neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I am also involved with a non-profit organization that provides supportive housing to people in need in Vancouver. I once walked on water to heal an injured swan.
My current teaching focus is in areas of neuroscience, including psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, & hormones and behaviour.
- PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 2301 - Research Methods in Psychology
- PSYC 2315 - Biological Bases of Behaviour
- PSYC 3309 - Critical Issues in Psychology
- PSYC 3315 - Neuropsychology
- PSYC 3341 - Drugs and Behaviour
I am currently looking forward to working with a group at Simon Fraser University to further examine the effects of endocrine disruptors on neural and behavioural development.
Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2021-22: YES
Professional Affiliations and Community Service
2012 - Present: Board Member. Community Builders Group 2016 - present, Member, Human Behavior and Evolution Society 1973 - Present: King, The Independent Narcissistic Peoples Republic of Brylandia.
Hobbies and Interests
I like motorcycles. I like sports, particularly football, proper football, you know, the one where you kick a ball with your foot. Glory, Glory Man United. I am a connoisseur of hopped beverages and malted spirits. Also, I can play like 3 songs on the guitar, so I’m basically a rock star.
Selected Refereed Publications:
Jones BA, Wagner LS, Watson NV., 2016. The effects of Bisphenol A exposure at different developmental time points in an androgen-sensitive neuromuscular system. Endocrinology, 157(8), 2972-2977. doi: 10.1210/en.2015-1574.
Yuzwa SA, Shan X, Jones BA, Zhao G, Woodward ML, Li X, Zhu Y, McEachern EJ, Silverman MA, Watson NV, Gong C-X, Vocadlo DJ. Pharmacological Inhibition of O-GlcNAcase (OGA) prevents cognitive decline and amyloid plaque formation in bigenic tau/APP mutant mice. Molecular Neurodegeneration. 9, 42. doi: 10.1186/1750-1326-9-42.
Hamson DK, Jones BA, Csupity AS, Ali FM, Watson NV, 2014. Androgen Insensitive Male Rats Display Increased Anxiety-Like Behavior on the Elevated Plus Maze. Behavioural Brain Research. 259, 158-163. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.11.021.
Hamson DK, Wainwright SR, Taylor JR, Jones BA, Watson NV, Galea LAM, 2013. Androgens Increase Survival of Adult Born Neurons in the Dentate Gyrus by an Androgen Receptor Dependent Mechanism in Male Rats. Endocrinology, 154(9), 3294-3304. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1129.
Jones BA, Watson NV, 2012. Perinatal BPA exposure demasculinizes males in measures of affect but has no effect on water maze learning in adulthood. Hormones & Behavior, 61(4). 605-610. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.02.011.
Jones BA, Shimell JJ, Watson NV, 2011. Pre- and Postnatal Bisphenol A treatment results in persistent deficits in the sexual behavior of male, but not female, rats in adulthood Hormones and Behavior, 59(2), 246-251. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2010.12.006.
Jones BA, Watson NV, 2005. Spatial Memory Performance in androgen insensitive male rats. Physiology & Behavior, 85(2), 135-141. ***
Hamson DK, Jones BA, Watson NV, 2004. Distribution of androgen receptor immunoreactivity in the brainstem of male rats. Neuroscience, 127(4), 797-803.
*** Selected for inclusion in: Sex and the Brain (G. Einstein, Ed). 2007. MIT Press
Selected Conference Presentations:
Jones BA, Watson NV. Perinatal bisphenol A alters estrogen receptor alpha expression in the medial amygdala of adult males. 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, June 15 – 18, 2012.
Jones BA, Wagner LS, Watson NV. BPA feminises males in measures of affect, but has no androgenic effects In Vivo. 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, July 18 – 21, 2010.
Jones BA, Watson NV. Developmental administration of Bisphenol A alters adult male sexual performance and eliminates sex differences in anxiety. 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Oct 17 – 21, 2009.
Jones BA, Watson NV. Developmental exposure to Bisphenol A affects adult male sexual performance. 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, June 25 – 27, 2009.
Jones BA, Watson NV. Developmental exposure to Bisphenol A affects adult male sexual performance. 3rd Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, May 24 - 27, 2009.
Jones BA, Turner BJ, Watson NV. Effects of hCG in a rat model of anxiety. 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, June 21 – 24, 2007.
Jones BA, Hamson DK, Csupity A, Ali F, Watson NV. Elevated Plus Maze Performance in Androgen-Insensitive Male Rats Compared to Wildtype Males and Females: Evidence of Differential Anxiety States. 15th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural and Cognitive Science, July 14-17, 2005.
Jones BA, Watson NV. The Role of Androgen Receptors in Spatial Learning and Hippocampal Morphology: Androgen Insensitive Rats in the Water Maze. 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Oct 23 -28, 2004
Jones BA, Hamson DK, Watson NV. Androgen receptor distribution in the brainstem of male rats: Relation to sexual behaviour. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 8 – 12, 2003.
Hamson DK, Jones BA, Watson NV. Distribution of C-FOS immunoreactivity in the brainstem of copulating male rats. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 8 – 12, 2003.
Hamson DK, Jones BA, Hu J, Krieger C, Watson NV. Fate of sexually dimorphic and monomorphic lumbosacral motor systems in the G93A mouse model of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, November 2 – 7, 2002.