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Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP
Kennedy Krieger Institute
1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21231
Phone: (443) 923-4461
Dr. Lisa Jacobson is a licensed psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist in the Department of Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute. She also holds an appointment as an assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
After graduating from Davidson College with a BA in Psychology, Dr. Jacobson completed her MEd and EdS in School Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1998. She then worked as a school psychologist before completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, in 2008. She completed her clinical internship in neurodevelopment and neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Miami, FL, and then completed her post-doctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2010. Dr. Jacobson provides training and supervision for graduate student externs, interns, and post-doctoral fellows in the Outpatient Neuropsychology Department. Clinically, she sees children for evaluation with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, primarily within the Neuropsychology Department's Neuro-oncology Clinic and Executive Function Clinic.
Dr. Jacobson's broad research interests include examining cognitive and behavioral aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically related to brain-behavior relationships involving attention and executive functions. She is interested in characterizing how children's developing executive functions interact with developmental contexts at home and school to influence brain development and neurobehavioral functioning. She studies children with identified disorders affecting executive functioning (e.g., ADHD, spina bifida, cancers and oncology treatment), as well as children at risk for developing executive dysfunction, investigating ways in which parents and teachers scaffold development of EF skills. She is collaborating with other Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers to develop clinical screening tools for identifying children with executive dysfunction and associated difficulties that can be used as part of typical medical care visits for specific clinical populations. She has also collaborated on Institute projects examining response variability in children with ADHD, influences of working memory on reading fluency in ADHD, characterization of attention in children with ADHD, adaptive dysfunction in children with intellectual disability, and executive functioning and adaptive skills in young adults with spina bifida.
- "Executive Dysfunction or Lack of Motivation?" National Center for Learning Disabilities.
- "How to Motivate a Child With Executive Dysfunction." National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Patrick KE, McCurdy MD, Chute DL, Mahone EM, Zabel TA, Jacobson LA. (2013). Clinical utility of the Colorado Learning Difficulties Questionnaire. Pediatrics, 132(5), e-1257-1264.
Jacobson LA, Ryan M, Denckla MB, Mostofsky SH, Mahone EM. (2013). Performance lapses in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder contribute to poor reading fluency. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28(7), 672-683.
Koriakin TA, McCurdy MD, Papazoglou A, Pritchard AE, Zabel TA, Mahone EM, Jacobson LA. (2013). Classification of intellectual disability using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children: Full Scale IQ or General Abilities Index? Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 55(9), 840-845.
Papazoglou A, Jacobson LA, Zabel TA. (2013). Sensitivity of the BASC-2 Adaptive Skills Composite in detecting adaptive impairment in a clinically referred sample of children and adolescents. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27(3), 386-395.
Jacobson LA, Tarazi RA, McCurdy MD, Schultz S, Levey E, Mahone EM, Zabel TA. (2013). The Kennedy Krieger Independence Scales-Spina Bifida Version: a measure of executive components of self-management. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58(1), 98-105.
Papazoglou A, Jacobson LA, Zabel TA. (2013). More than intelligence: distinct cognitive/behavioral clusters linked to adaptive dysfunction in children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19(2), 189-197.
Lee RW, Jacobson LA, Pritchard AE, Ryan MS, Yu Q, Denckla MB, Mostofsky S, Mahone EM. (2012). Jitter Reduces Response-Time Variability in ADHD: An Ex-Gaussian Analysis. Journal of Attention Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1087054712464269.
Jacobson LA, Murphy-Bowman SC, Pritchard AE, Tart-Zelvin A, Zabel TA, Mahone EM. (2012). Factor structure of a sluggish cognitive tempo scale in clinically-referred children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40(8), 1327-1337.
Pritchard AE, Nigro CA, Jacobson LA, Mahone EM. (2012). The role of neuropsychological assessment in the functional outcomes of children with ADHD. Neuropsychology Review, 22(1), 54-68.
Zabel TA, Jacobson LA, Zachik C, Levey E, Kinsman S, Mahone EM. (2011). Parent- and self-ratings of executive functions in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25(6), 926-941.
Jacobson LA, Ryan M, Martin RB, Ewen J, Mostofsky SH, Denckla MB, Mahone EM. (2011). Working memory influences processing speed and reading fluency in ADHD. Child Neuropsychology, 17(3), 209-224.
Jacobson LA, Williford AP, Pianta RC. (2011). The role of executive function in children's competent adjustment to middle school. Child Neuropsychology, 17(3), 255-280.