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Lisette T. Jacobson, Ph.D., MPA, M.A.

Assistant Professor
Population Health

Research Interests

  • Women's health including diabetes prevention, management and education; maternal-child nutrition; and pre- and post-natal health
  • Access and delivery of women's health care services in rural settings
  • Health inequities in pregnancy and birth outcomes among at-risk populations
  • Evaluation research and public policy initiatives surrounding women's health


Ph.D., 2013, Wichita State University
M.A., 2010, Wichita State University
MPA, 2007, Wichita State University


Lisette Jacobson is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. After receiving her Ph.D., she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

As a public health-based community psychologist, Dr. Jacobson blends biomedical and psychosocial approaches to improve population health in rural and urban areas. Her research focuses on women's health. She has studied risk and protective factors during the reproductive years and their impact on women's cardiovascular health including breastfeeding, diabetes, physical activity, nutrition and maternal weight. She has investigated health inequities in breastfeeding and smoking behaviors, and the relationship between breastfeeding and stroke among post-menopausal women. Dr. Jacobson has secured extramural funding from national, state and regional organizations. She is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded pilot randomized controlled trial that determines the efficacy of an intervention that helps at-risk overweight pregnant women lose weight postpartum, improve blood sugars and blood pressure, and increase breastfeeding. Dr. Jacobson and her team have designed, implemented and evaluated online public health programs targeting at-risk underserved pregnant women in rural locations to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes. She has enhanced connections between academic institutions and community health care providers, social service partners, and community members.

Dr. Jacobson's research has been disseminated at various national conferences, including the American Heart Association, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American Public Health Association. Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of the American Heart Association; Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Journal of the American College of Cardiology; Evaluation and Program Planning; and the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Dr. Jacobson has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses and chaired multiple student thesis projects to successful completion. She currently teaches graduate courses in the Master of Public Health program at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. She has served as chair of the KU School of Medicine's research committee and continues serving as an at-large delegate at the KU School of Medicine's faculty council. She also serves on other committees and organizations, including the Master of Public Health Admissions Committee, Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and the Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition. 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.

Last modified: Jul 09, 2019

Lisette Jacobson


Lisette T. Jacobson, Ph.D., MPA, M.A.
Assistant Professor

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