ABOUT DR. ROOKS
Dr. Rooks is a clinical psychologist licensed in the states of Florida and Michigan. He currently works in private practice providing services of psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluations as well as mindfulness training and consultation.
Dr. Rooks has received specialized clinical training in areas of health psychology, neuropsychology, and mindfulness. He has also authored multiple peer-reviewed papers on the effects of mindfulness training on attention and emotional wellbeing among individuals experiencing prolonged periods of high demand and stress.
Dr. Rooks has offices located in Miami and Fort Lauderdale and is also offering services via telehealth at this time.
Education and Training
Received PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from the University of Miami
Completed internship at West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center with specializations in geropsychology and neuropsychology
Completed neuropsychology fellowship at UM Miller School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
Received Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) instructor training certification from UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Dr. Rooks offers psychotherapy to adolescents and adults with a range of concerns, including:
His approach to treatment is grounded in authenticity, collaboration, and the creation of a safe space from which to assist each client in reaching their goals.
Dr. Rooks specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of neurological, psychiatric, and academic related concerns. Examples include questions regarding:
Head injury / TBI
MINDFULNESS INSTRUCTOR / CONSULTANT
Dr. Rooks discovered mindfulness while searching for methods to improve his abilities as a Division I football player at Northwestern University. He has since authored multiple peer-reviewed papers on its benefits among those enduring periods of high demand and stress and has also received advanced teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
As a mindfulness instructor and consultant, Dr. Rooks utilizes his personal, scientific, and clinical experiences to help individuals, companies, and athletic teams optimize their attention and emotion regulation skills in pursuit of their individual goals.
Goodman, Z.T., Banerjee, N., Rooks, J., McInerney, K., Sun, X., Getz, S., Kaur, S., Sun-Suslow, N., Junco, B., Levin, B.E. (2022). Measuring the Frailty Phenotype and its Association with Cognition in Mid-Life and Older Age. J Alzheimers Dis. [Link]
Witkin, J.E., Denkova, E., Zanesco, A. P., Morrison, A. B., Rooks, J., Carpenter, J., Baime, M., & Jha, A. P. (2022). Does intensive mindfulness training strengthen sustained attention? examining individual differences in mind wandering during the sustained attention to response task. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine,7(2):18. [Link]
Jha, A., Zanesco, A. P., Denkova, E., Rooks, J., Morrison, A. B., Stanley, E. A. (2020). Comparing Mindfulness and Positivity Training in High-Demand Cohorts. Cognitive Therapy and Research [Link]
Jha, A., Denkova, E., Zanesco, A. P. B., Witkin, J., Rooks, J., Rogers, S. L. (2019). Mindfulness training helps working memory ‘work’ better. Current Opinion in Psychology [Link]
Sarno, M., Gaztanaga, W., Banerjee, N., Buré-Reyes, A., Rooks, J., Margolesky, J., Luca, C., Singer, C., Moore, H., Jagid, J., Levin, B. E. (2019). Revisiting eligibility for deep brain stimulation: Do preoperative mood symptoms predict outcomes in Parkinson's disease patients? Parkinsonism and Related Disorders [Link]
Rooks, J., Morrison, A. B., Goolsarran, M., Rogers, S. L., & Jha, A. P. (2017). “We Are Talking About Practice”: The influence of mindfulness vs. relaxation training on athletes’ attention and well-being over high-demand intervals. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(2), 141-153. [Link]
Paller, K. A., Creery, J. D., Florczak, S., Reber, P. J., Mesulam, M. M., Weintraub, S., Morhardt, D., O’Hara, M., Kiragu, J., Rooks, J., Gigler, K. L., Molony, J. M., Safron, A., & Maslar, M. (2014). Benefits of mindfulness training for patients with progressive cognitive decline and their caregivers. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias [Link]
BOOK CHAPTERS AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Denkova, E., Zanesco, A., Morrison, A. B., Rooks, J., Rogers, S. L., Jha, A. P. (2020). Strengthening
attention with mindfulness training in workplace settings. In Siegel, D. & Solomon, M. Mind, Consciousness, and the Cultivation of Well Being. New York, NY: Norton Professional Books
Rooks, J. (2019). Depression and the practice of law: Signs of struggle and avenues of relief. GPSolo, 36(3), 28– 30. [Link]