Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP's picture
Faculty Neuropsychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Phone: 443-923-4461
Kennedy Krieger Institute

1750 E. Fairmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
United States

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Dr. Lisa Jacobson is the director of research, as well as a licensed psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist, in the Department of Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also the co-director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education (CILSE). Additionally, she holds an appointment as an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Dr. Jacobson graduated from Davidson College and completed her MEd and EdS in School Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She then worked as a school psychologist before completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She completed a clinical internship in neurodevelopment and neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in Miami, FL, before completing 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 students and post-doctoral fellows in the Outpatient Neuropsychology Department. Clinically, she provides neuropsychological evaluations for children with a variety of developmental and medical conditions, but primarily pediatric cancer survivors within the Neuropsychology Department's Neuro-oncology 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 executive skills. She is also interested in working to help the Institute better capture and learn from point-of-care data to improve the quality of healthcare provided at Kennedy Krieger.

She has ongoing, funded collaborations with other Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers to investigate ways to better support cancer survivors and their families in their schooling after cancer. She has also collaborated with other Institute and JHH 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 published projects examining parent perspectives on schooling after cancer, 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.

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Research Publications

Jacobson LAPritchard AE, Koriakin TA, Jones KE, Mahone EM (2016). Initial Examination of the BRIEF2 in Clinically Referred Children With and Without ADHD Symptoms. J Atten Disord. ,.

Koriakin TA, Mahone EM, Jacobson LA (2015). Sleep Difficulties are Associated with Parent Report of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 36(9), 717-23.

Lee RW, Jacobson LAPritchard AE, Ryan MS, Yu Q, Denckla MBMostofsky S, Mahone EM (2015). Jitter Reduces Response-Time Variability in ADHD: An Ex-Gaussian Analysis. J Atten Disord. 19(9), 794-804.

Jacobson LA, Ryan M, Denckla MBMostofsky SH, Mahone EM (2013). Performance lapses in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder contribute to poor reading fluency. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 28(7), 672-83. 

Patrick KE, McCurdy MD, Chute DL, Mahone EM, Zabel TAJacobson LA (2013). Clinical utility of the Colorado Learning Difficulties Questionnaire. Pediatrics. 132(5), e1257-64.

Koriakin TA, McCurdy MD, Papazoglou A, Pritchard AEZabel TA, Mahone EM, Jacobson LA(2013). Classification of intellectual disability using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children: Full Scale IQ or General Abilities Index? Dev Med Child Neurol. 55(9), 840-5. 

Papazoglou A, Jacobson LAZabel TA (2013). More than intelligence: distinct cognitive/behavioral clusters linked to adaptive dysfunction in children. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 19(2), 189-97.

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. Rehabil Psychol. 58(1), 98-105.

Papazoglou A, Jacobson LAZabel TA (2013). Sensitivity of the BASC-2 Adaptive Skills Composite in detecting adaptive impairment in a clinically referred sample of children and adolescents. Clin Neuropsychol. 27(3), 386-95.

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. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 40(8), 1327-37.

Pritchard AE, Nigro CA, Jacobson LA, Mahone EM (2012). The role of neuropsychological assessment in the functional outcomes of children with ADHD. Neuropsychol Rev. 22(1), 54-68.

Zabel TAJacobson 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. Clin Neuropsychol. 25(6), 926-41.

Jacobson LA, Williford AP, Pianta RC (2011). The role of executive function in children's competent adjustment to middle school. Child Neuropsychol. 17(3), 255-80. 

Jacobson LA, Ryan M, Martin RB, Ewen JMostofsky SHDenckla MB, Mahone EM (2011). Working memory influences processing speed and reading fluency in ADHD. Child Neuropsychol. 17(3), 209-24. 

Frijters JC, Tsujimoto KC, Boada R, Gottwald S, Hill D, Jacobson LA, Lovett MW, Mahone EM, Willcutt EG, Wolf M, Bosson-Heenan J, Gruen JR (2000). Reading-Related Causal Attributions for Success and Failure: Dynamic Links With Reading Skill. Read Res Q. 53(1), 127-148.