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Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies Program
Assistant Director for Social Sciences, Iona College Honors Program

BA, Rutgers University
Ph.D., Fordham University

Phone: (914) 637-2770
Office Hours: Thursday 1 - 4 p.m.

Dr. Jacobson is a licensed clinical psychologist with research and clinical interests in the area of self-injurious behaviors. Her recent research and publications have focused on the epidemiology, phenomenology, classification, and treatment of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Jacobson has also conducted research addressing depression and suicidality among people with advanced illness and has specific interest in the role of spirituality in protecting against end-of-life despair. Dr. Jacobson's teaching interests include clinical psychology, psychotherapy methods (with a focus on empirically supported treatments), and research methods.

On-going Research Projects

Individuals interested in getting involved in research related to the mental health of adolescents and young adults should consider joining The Otherways Lab. The Otherways Lab is a multidisciplinary group of students and faculty dedicated to helping children and young adults find other ways of coping with life’s challenges. The lab is working on several projects, from identifying risk factors for suicidal behaviors, to understanding how self-injury is represented on-line, to developing tech-based interventions.

Lab faculty include Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D. (Psychology), Lubomir Ivanov, Ph.D. (Computer Science) and Chia-Ling Tsai, Ph.D. (Computer Science).

Research & Publications