Lisette T. Jacobson, PhD, MPA, MA
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

Lisette Jacobson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas (KU) School of Medicine-Wichita. She has been with KU for six years. She holds a PhD and an MA in psychology, a master’s degree in public administration, and professional certifications in human resource management.

As a public health-based community psychologist, Dr. Jacobson blends biomedical and psychosocial approaches into interventions to improve population health. Her areas of expertise focus on practice-based services and applied research in women’s health, including health partnerships to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes among underserved, diverse populations; health disparities; delivery of and access to rural healthcare services; the impact of risk and protective factors during the reproductive years on women’s cardiovascular health; infertility; human lactation; and program evaluation.

Dr. Jacobson has a history of securing extramural funding from national, state, and regional organizations. Her long-term goal is to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that target multiple factors and lead to healthy lifestyle behaviors, positive health outcomes, and optimum quality of life. Her research has been disseminated as oral or poster presentations at various national conferences, including the American Heart Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American Public Health Association.

Dr. Jacobson’s research also has been published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Maternal and Child Health Journal; Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Evaluation and Program Planning; Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network; Journal of Community Health; and Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.

Dr. Jacobson has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses and also has chaired multiple student thesis projects to successful completion. She currently teaches graduate courses in the MPH Degree Program, including public health management, financial and human resource management for public health professionals, and program evaluation. In recognition of her teaching excellence at the graduate level and overall success in the classroom, she was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award. Prior to her career in academia, she was a successful human resources and public finance manager in the public and private sectors for more than 10 years.