Lisa Jacobson, Ph.D., NCSP, ABPP

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Faculty Neuropsychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute
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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.

Biographical Sketch: 

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.

Research Summary: 

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.

Research Publications:

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

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