Jennifer Ferris

Postdoctoral Fellow

Room: HC 2800



PhD (UBC); MSc (UBC); BA (UBC)

Research Interests

Chronic disease multimorbidity; healthy aging; brain imaging; dementia; cerebrovascular disease


Jennifer Ferris is a postdoctoral fellow cross-appointed with the Observatory for Population and Public Health at the BC Center for Disease Control. Jennifer completed a PhD in Neurorehabilitation at UBC. Her doctoral research used structural neuroimaging to examine stroke and cerebral small vessel disease in aging. Her postdoctoral work takes an interdisciplinary lens to understanding chronic disease multimorbidity across the BC population, to better understand health outcomes in the aging BC population.

Selected Publications


  • Ferris JK, Greeley B, Vavasour I, Kraeutner SN, Rinat S, Ramirez J, Black SE, Boyd,LA. (2022). In vivo myelin imaging and tissue microstructure in white matter hyperintensities and perilesional white matter. Brain Communications. DOI: 10.1093/braincomms/fcac142
  • Hayward KS, Ferris JK, Lohse KR, Borich MR, Borstad A, Cassidy J, Cramer SC, Dukelow SP, Findlater SE, Hawe R, Siew SL, Neva JL, Stewart JC, Boyd LA. (2022) An observational study of neuroimaging biomarkers of severe upper limb impairment after stroke. Neurology. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000200517
  • Ferris JK, Inglis TI, Madden KM, Boyd LA. (2020) Brain and body: A review of central nervous system contributions to movement impairments in diabetes mellitus. Diabetes. 69(1): 3-11. DOI: 10.2337/db19-0321
  • Ferris JK, Neva JL, Francisco BA, Boyd LA. (2018) Bilateral Motor Cortex Plasticity in Individuals with Chronic Stroke, Induced by Paired Associative Stimulation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 32(8): 671-681. DOI: 10.1177/1545968318785043
  • Ferris JK, Peters S, Brown KE, Tourigny K, Boyd LA. (2018) Type-2 diabetes mellitus reduces cortical thickness and decreases oxidative metabolism in sensorimotor regions after stroke. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. 38(5): 823–834. DOI: 10.1177/0271678x17703887

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