Karen Jacobs

Clinical Professor
Program Director, Online Post-professional Occupational Therapy Programs

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EdD University of Massachusetts Lowell
MS Boston University
BA Washington University St. Louis

Professor Jacobs is a clinical professor and the program director of distance education post-professional programs in occupational therapy. She teaches courses on-campus and online such as Analysis & Adaptation of Occupation, Educational Theory & Practice, Health Care Management, and Ergonomics for Therapists. Professor Jacob’s research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In… Read more

Professor Jacobs is a clinical professor and the program director of distance education post-professional programs in occupational therapy. She teaches courses on-campus and online such as Analysis & Adaptation of Occupation, Educational Theory & Practice, Health Care Management, and Ergonomics for Therapists.

Professor Jacob’s research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, she examines the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among populations of university and middle school aged students, particularly in notebook computing and backpack use. She is also interested in tele-rehabilitation. Professor Jacobs is also a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and the founding editor of the international journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation

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    • How to lighten the load of heavy school backpacks

      August 8, 2016

      Miami Herald Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Many of us can recall the good-old days when middle and high schools had lockers… View full article quoting expert Karen Jacobs  

    • Text neck troubles

      August 2, 2016

      Costco Connection Magazine Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, a Costco member and chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine in Poughkeepsie, New York, wondered why a 30-year-old male patient still suffered from neck pain long after Hansraj has surgically repaired a herniated […]

    • Digital disabilities — text neck, cellphone elbow — are painful and growing

      June 13, 2016

      Washington Post Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College As I type these words, there’s nerve-tingling in my ring finger… Expert quote: “Children don’t want to be in pain.” View full article

    • Inside students’ heavy backpacks, why it’s too much and how to help

      October 21, 2015

      CNN.com Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College When they head off to school every morning, the students of today need their laptops and tablets and a charger for both. Yes, they still have to bring books for calculus, history, science and French… Expert quote: “They look like turtles; they’re walking forward, […]

    • Back to school: health tips for schoolchildren

      September 10, 2015

      Medical News Today Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Many parents will have breathed a sigh of relief at the prospect of their children returning to school after the summer vacation. But rather than having to think of ways to keep them entertained or out of mischief, parental thoughts now turn […]

    • Why Kids’ Backpacks Are Harming Their Health

      September 3, 2015

      Yahoo! Parenting Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College It’s back-to-school season — and that means kids are once again at risk for a health hazard that has nothing to do with unhealthy school lunches or being targeted by a classroom bully… Expert quote: “Heavy backpacks are a health risk for children […]

    • Your Kid’s Gigantic Backpack Is a Health Risk

      August 31, 2015

      Time Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Like adorable turtles, their little limbs poking out from under outsized shells, kids shuffle their ways to school bearing on their shoulders ever-heavier backpacks… Expert quote: “Since at least 1998, we’ve noticed backpacks getting bigger and heavier, and not in proportion to the kids’ […]

    • Is Your Child’s Backpack Causing Chronic Back Pain?

      July 15, 2015

      Everyday Health Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College It’s a rite of passage for kids: A fresh, colorful new backpack to start off the school year… Expert quote: “Wearing a backpack incorrectly or wearing one that’s too heavy can be a contributing risk factor for discomfort, fatigue, muscle soreness, and pain, […]

    • Occupational Therapy for AS

      June 9, 2015

      Everyday Health Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College If pain and stiffness from ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are making everyday tasks difficult to complete, an occupational therapist may have the answers you need… Expert quote: “Together we can identify where you’re having inflammation and discomfort.” View full article

    • Weight of backpacks a concern for many

      March 19, 2015

      Times-News Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Not long after Dr. Winn Sams began her practice as a chiropractor, she picked up her youngest daughter’s backpack and could barely lift it… Expert quote: “We’re offering ways that we can lighten the load — it’s not just the weight of the backpack […]

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