Harvard Club of San Antonio Presents
Fighting Cancer with the Mind
a talk with Dr. Jamie Jacobs of Harvard Medical School
Date: April 30, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Place: Keystone School, 119 E. Craig Place, Jary Auditorium
Please join the Harvard Club of San Antonio as we present a lecture from Dr. Jamie Jacobs of Harvard Medical School. She will speak on her exciting research focusing on improving treatment for patients with cancer and their caregivers.
Dr. Jamie Jacobs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. She is a clinical researcher and the Director of Caregiver Research in the MGH Cancer Outcomes Research & Education program. Dr. Jacobs’s research focuses on improving the emotional, physical, and treatment-related outcomes of patients with cancer and the individuals who care for them through novel therapeutic approaches that are accessible.
Dr. Jacobs received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Florida, specializing in health psychology and behavioral medicine. She completed fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Massachusetts General Hospital. With grant funding from the NIH and cancer foundations, her research focuses on developing and testing evidence-based psychosocial interventions to promote health behavior change in cancer, such as adherence to cancer treatment and symptom management. She is investigating avenues to reduce anxiety, distress, and burden in family and friend caregivers of patients with advanced brain tumors and those with hematologic malignancies undergoing stem cell transplant. Her research has also shown relationships among stress, inflammation, and gene expression in breast cancer. In the Psychiatric Oncology Service at MGH, she specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve coping and adjustment during and after cancer, as well as at the end of life.