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Posts by Jamie M. Jacobs, PhD


Dr. Jamie Jacobs is a clinical psychologist at the Mass General Cancer Center and Behavioral Medicine Service and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a clinical researcher and the Director of Cancer Caregiving Research within the Mass General Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE). Dr. Jacobs received her PhD from the University of Miami, Florida, specializing in health psychology and behavioral medicine. She completed a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She co-teaches the Mind, Brain, Behavior seminar course “Fighting Cancer with the Mind” at Harvard University.

Dr. Jacobs's clinical practice focuses on improving coping and quality of life for people during treatment for cancer and cancer survivors. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy in the Psychiatric Oncology Service at the Mass General Cancer Center. Her research focuses on evidence-based psychosocial interventions to promote behavior change, such as adherence to treatment, and optimize patient and caregiver physical and mental health outcomes during and after cancer. Dr. Jacobs has over 40 published works, including peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has been the principal investigator and co-investigator of funded grants from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Psycho-Oncology, Cancer and Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Jacobs supervises and mentors trainees in the Behavioral Medicine Service and the Cancer Outcomes Research Program.

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