Assistant Professor, Health Services and Information Management
Office: 4340E Health Sciences Building
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Dr. Jacobs has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and German from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Economics from George Washington University. She received her doctoral degree in Economics from George Washington University with a concentration in econometrics and labor economics. She engaged in research grants from the US Department of Agriculture, Veterans Affairs and Commerce on a variety of topics including food stamps receipt, veterans’ disability rating, food security and patient activation measures. Dr. Jacobs served for four years as an agricultural economist for the USDA and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Berlin, Germany where she studied wage disparities among immigrant women. She taught at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Queens University and the University of New Haven prior to coming to ECU. Her primary research interests include adolescent health and weight development. She has extensively examined the relationship between body perception and weight change as well as social and psychological influences on physical development.