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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    • 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 […]

    • Re-entering the workforce with a chronic condition

      January 16, 2015

      HealthLine Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College We hear lots of stories about how the miracles of modern medicine have helped people with chronic illnesses like multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), HIV, and even cancer get back into the swing of life… Expert quote: “People, frankly, are worried about being […]

    • You Can Tackle the Laundry

      November 9, 2014

      Real Simple Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Try these smart, helpful tips from real women and experts who tackled the ghastly scenarios you posed to us in a recent survey… Expert quote: “Minimize back strain by holding the basket close to your body at waist level.” View full article

    • Backpacks are back-healthy if used right

      August 27, 2014

      Times Union Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Here’s some good news for back-to-school: Backpacks are good for your kids’ backs… View full article quoting expert Karen Jacobs

    • Experts Give New Tips To Help Avoid Backpack Injuries

      July 23, 2014

      WSET Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College It’s hard to believe, but “back to school” shopping season is upon us already! Kids will be loading up those backpacks and headed out the door in just a few weeks… View full article and video of expert Karen Jacobs

    • Karen Jacobs attends World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress

      June 17, 2014

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    • Karen Jacobs attends WFOT Congress in Japan

      June 12, 2014

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    • 7 Surprising Health Habits that Drain Energy

      February 27, 2014

      Yahoo! Shine Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College We know you’re dragging. And you’re not the only one: Researchers have found that nearly 38 percent of working adults experience bouts of fatigue… Expert quote: “Instead of putting a lot of weight on one shoulder, a backpack evenly distributes the load.” View […]

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