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Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Chair, Psychology Department

Coordinator, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies Program

Assistant Director for Social Sciences, Iona College Honors Program

Colleen Jacobson
Doorley Hall, Ground Floor
(914) 637-2770 (914) 637-2770


  • PostDoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University/The New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Ph.D., Fordham University
  • BA, Rutgers University

Dr. Colleen Jacobson is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches courses in abnormal psychology, violence toward the self, experimental psychology, theories of personality, psychopathology, and ethics. Her recent research and publications focus on the epidemiology, phenomenology, classification, and treatment of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Jacobson has recently become interested in how technology and social media affect the well-being of youth, including engagement in self-injurious behaviors. In 2018, she was awarded the Irene H. Hamerbacher Outstanding Faculty Research Award and her work has been published in several academic journals and featured in the news media, including HLN.

  • **Jacobson, C. M., Hill, R., Petit, J., & Dima Grozeva (2015).  The Association of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Emotional Experiences with Non-suicidal Self-injury among Young Adults. Archives of Suicide Research. DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2015.1004492
  • Jacobson, C. M., Hill, R., Petit, J., & Miranda, R. (2015). The Measure of Verbally Expressed Emotion: Development and Psychometric Properties. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37(2), 358-369.
  • **Jacobson, C. M. & Luik, C. C.** (2014).  Epidemiology and sociocultural aspects of non-suicidal self-injury and eating disorders. In. L. Claes and J. Muehlenkamp (Eds.), pp. 19-34. Non-suicidal Self-injury in Eating Disorders. New York: Springer.
  • Jacobson, C. M. & Batejan, K. (June, 2014).  Comprehensive theoretical models of Non-suicidal Self-Injury. In. M. Nock (Ed.), pp. 308-322. The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-injury. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., Marziliano, A., Jacobson, C., Sorger, B., Abbey, J., Olden, M., Brescia, R., & Breitbart, W. (June, 2014). Does Desire for Hastened Death Change in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients?  Social Science and Medicine. 111, 35-40.
  • Jacobson, C. M., Batejan, K., Kleinman, M., & Gould, M. (2013).  Reasons for attempting suicide among a community sample of adolescent suicide attempters. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors, 43 (6), 589-703.
  • Jacobson, C. M. & Mufson, L. (2012).  Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents Adapted for Self-injury (IPT-ASI): Rationale, Overview, and Case Summary.  American Journal of Psychotherapy, 66(4), 349-374.
  • Jacobson, C. M., Marrocco, F., Kleinman, M., & Gould, M. S. (2011).  Restrictive emotionality, depression, and suicide among high school students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40(6), 656-665.
  • Shaffer, D., & Jacobson, C. (2010). Proposal to the DSM-V childhood disorder and mood disorder work groups to include non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) as a DSM-V disorder. pp. 1-21. American Psychiatric Association.
  • Breitbart, W., Rosenfeld, B., Gibson, C., Pessin, H., Poppito, S., Nelson, C., Tomarken, A., Timm, A., Berg, A., Jacobson, C. M., Sorger, B., Abbey, J., & Olden, M. (2010). Meaning centered group psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology, 19(10), 21-28.
  • Jacobson, C. M. & Mufson, L. (2010). Treating Adolescent Depression using Interpersonal Psychotherapy. In J. R. Weisz and A. E. Kazdin (Eds.), pp. 140 – 158. Evidence-based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents, Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Nelson, C.J., Jacobson, C. M., Weinberger, M.I. Bhaskaran, V., Rosenfeld, Barry, Breitbart, W. & Roth, A.J. (2009).  Toward a theoretical model explaining the relationship among religiosity, spirituality, and depression. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38(2), 105-114
  • Gangswich, J. E. & Jacobson, C. M. (2009).  New Perspectives on Assessment of Suicide Risk. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 11, 371–376.
  • Miller, A., Muehlenkamp, J. J. & Jacobson, C. M. (2009). Special Issues in Treating Adolescent Non-suicidal Self-Injury.  Nock, M. K. (Ed.). Understanding Non-Suicidal Self-injury: Current Science and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Jacobson, C. M., Muehlenkamp, J. J., Miller, A. L., & Turner, J. B. (2008).  Psychiatric impairment among adolescents engaging in different types of deliberate self-harm. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37(2), 363-375.
  • Jacobson, C. M. & Gould, M. (2008). Suicide and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors among Youth: Risk and Protective Factors. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema and L. Hilt (Eds.), pp. 207-236. Handbook of Depression in Adolescents. NY: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc.
  • Jacobson, C. M., Rosenfeld, B., Pessin, H., & Breitbart, W. (2008). Depression and IL-6 blood plasma concentrations in advanced cancer patients. Psychosomatics, 49(1), 64-66.
  • Miller, A. L., Muehlenkamp, J. J., & Jacobson, C. M. (2008). A Review of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: Diagnostic Issues.  Clinical Psychology Review, 28(6), 969-981.
  • Jacobson, C. M. & Gould, M. (2007). The epidemiology and phenomenology of non-suicidal self-injurious behavior among adolescents: A critical review of the literature. Archives of Suicide Research. 11(2). 129-147.

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).