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Dr. Jacobs is a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jacobs received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Florida, specializing in health psychology and behavioral medicine. She is currently conducting a study funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop an intervention to improve symptom management, distress, and adherence to endocrine therapy for breast cancer survivors. She is also a co-investigator on a study testing a psychosocial intervention for caregivers of patients undergoing stem cell transplant. She has received Citation Awards for Excellence from the American Psycho-Oncology Society, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychosomatic Society. She teaches the Mind, Brain, Behavior seminar course “Fighting Cancer with the Mind” at Harvard University. Dr. Jacobs sees patients during treatment for cancer and cancer survivors for individual cognitive-behavioral therapy in the Psychiatric Oncology Service at the Mass General Cancer Center.
Dr. Jacobs’s research interests emphasize coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment, and evidence-based interventions to improve physical and emotional outcomes and symptom management for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and cancer caregivers. She is also interested in stress-related physiological processes (e.g., immunologic, neuroendocrine, inflammation, and gene expression). Dr. Jacobs has presented her research findings related to mood, stress, and biopsychosocial processes in cancer at national and international scientific meetings. She has also published these findings in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored book chapters in cancer, coping, and pain management.
Bouchard LC, Antoni MH, Blomberg BB, Stagl JM, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Diaz A, Lechner S, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS. Postsurgical Depressive Symptoms and Proinflammatory Cytokine Elevations in Women Undergoing Primary Treatment for Breast Cancer. Psychosom Med. 2015 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Stagl JM, Lechner SC, Carver CS, Bouchard LC, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Diaz A, Yu Q, Blomberg BB, Ironson G, Glück S, Antoni MH. A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral stress management in breast cancer: survival and recurrence at 11-year follow-up. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2015 Nov;154(2):319-28.
Stagl JM, Bouchard LC, Lechner SC, Blomberg BB, Gudenkauf LM, Jutagir DR, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS, Antoni MH. Long-term psychological benefits of cognitive-behavioral stress management for women with breast cancer: 11-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2015 Jun 1;121(11):1873-81
Stagl JM, Antoni MH, Lechner SC, Bouchard LC, Blomberg BB, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Carver CS. Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral stress management in breast cancer: a brief report of effects on 5-year depressive symptoms. Health Psychol. 2015 Feb;34(2):176-80.
Gudenkauf LM, Antoni MH, Stagl JM, Lechner SC, Jutagir DR, Bouchard LC, Blomberg BB, Glück S, Derhagopian RP, Giron GL, Avisar E, Torres-Salichs MA, Carver CS. Brief cognitive-behavioral and relaxation training interventions for breast cancer: A randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Aug;83(4):677-88.
Jutagir DR, Gudenkauf LM, Stagl JM, Carver CS, Bouchard LC, Lechner SC, Glück S, Blomberg BB, Antoni MH. Ethnic differences in types of social support from multiple sources after breast cancer surgery. Ethn Health. 2015 Jul 28:1-15.
Stagl JM, Antoni MH, Lechner SC, Carver CS, Lewis JE. Postsurgical physical activity and fatigue-related daily interference in women with non-metastatic breast cancer. Psychol Health. 2014;29(2):177-98.
Antoni MH, Lutgendorf SK, Blomberg B, Carver CS, Lechner S, Diaz A, Stagl J, Arevalo JM, Cole SW. Cognitive-behavioral stress management reverses anxiety-related leukocyte transcriptional dynamics. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Feb 15;71(4):366-72. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.10.007. Epub 2011 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 22088795; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3264698.
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