Karen Jacobs, EdD, CPE, OTR/L, FAOTA

Karen Jacobs, EdD, CPE, OTR/L, FAOTA

Title
Clinical Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Director, On-line Post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-511A
Email
kjacobs@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-7516
Education
EdD in Educational Leadership in Schooling, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1993.
MS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1979.
BA in Psychology, Washington University, 1973.
Website or Lab
BU Sargent post-prof OTD program
CV
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Courses Taught

Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy courses

SAROT513: Analysis and Adaptation of Occupation

This course introduces students to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process (OTPF) 2nd edition (AOTA, 2008), an official document for the profession. Through lecture and participatory activities, students investigate the domain of and "the dynamic occupation and client-centered process used in the delivery of occupational therapy "(AOTA, pg. 626). Employing logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity students learn how to analyze and adapt occupations and activities. Students will be able to explain the meaning and dynamics of occupation and activity, including the interaction of areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, context(s), and client factors. Through community service projects, such as National School Backpack Awareness Day, students will articulate to consumers and the general public the value of occupation to support participation. Using small group presentations, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the history and philosophical base of occupational therapy.

SAROT586: Professional Service Management

This required graduate course provides a fundamental, critical overview of health care management principles. Detailed discussions, teamwork, practical case study experiences, as well as oral and written assignments will guide the soon-to-be entry-level occupational therapist to effectively manage people and resources, and to understand political, regulatory, economic, and social forces that are affecting a constantly changing and often complex health and rehabilitation environment. Major emphasis is on advocacy and legislation, reimbursement, financial planning, personnel management, leadership, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, ethics, grant writing, starting up a new program, business or practice, entrepreneurship, and marketing.

SAROT736: Independent Study

Individually supervised study for advanced students wishing to pursue a specialized area of interest in occupational therapy.

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Post-professional distance education OTD courses

SARHP650: Health Care Management

This on-line graduate course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health care environment. It was designed to develop and enhance student understanding of the health care system and the social forces affecting health care, and to provide skills needed to function effectively in a management or supervisory role. Topics covered in this course include United States policies and legislation affecting healthcare management; the roles of a manager; conducting a market analysis; operating, cash and capital budgeting; process analysis; and risk management. Students will develop, design and execute a formal presentation.

SARHP720: Educational Theory and Practice

This on-line graduate course focuses on developing effective teaching techniques and strategies that are needed in a variety of clinical and academic contexts. Topics covered in this course include; identifying instructional settings in one's own practice, the impact of ethical, legal, and economic factors on the educational process, principles of major learning and instruction theories, effective teaching strategies for learners at different developmental stages, strategies that facilitate motivation and improve compliance, and writing behavioral objectives for instruction. Students design and deliver a formal presentation and create a client-education brochure.

SAROT615: Ed Practicum Ot

SAROT616: Pract Hlth Mgmt

SAROT905: Prac Leadership

SAROT911: Practicum in Social Policy and Disability

This on-line graduate course engages students in the critical analysis of policy and disability theory in their major area of practice (e.g., ergonomics, medical rehabilitation, early intervention, mental health services). They must complete critical reviews of additional reading related to their specific field of application as well as a sequence of analyses of the impact of relevant policies on resource allocations, service delivery methods, and reimbursement.

SAROT925: Capstone

This on-line graduate Capstone course is the final course in the post-professional OTD program. This course also includes a two-day, on-campus stay at Boston University. Students will prepare for and deliver a 45-minute presentation on their doctoral project to an invited audience from the greater Boston community. After receiving written faculty feedback from this presentation, students will formulate a written response with modifications, and/or counter-argument; and prepare a final version of the proposal that is suitable for professional dissemination.

SAROT930: Doctoral Project

This is an on-line graduate course in the post-professional OTD program. Concurrent with each full semester (fall, spring, summer) in the OTD program, students register for one credit of the Doctoral Project. In the fourth semester of the program, students register for 3 credits of the Doctoral Project course. The Doctoral Project is organized around the student's proposed innovation in practice. It is in the form of a series of qualifying tasks, each of which represents a critical phase of the proposal. Guidance in the doctoral project will be through a combination of three elements: Faculty advising and mentorship, peer mentorship and a.Circle of Advisors composed of a minimum of two professionals with content expertise in the doctoral project. The project outcomes include: Description of a short-coming, gap or specific need in the student's area of practice; compilation of a theoretical and evidence base to support the proposed project; description of the proposed program; evaluation plan; funding plan; dissemination plan; executive summary and Fact Sheet. (1 credit each full semester until completed, 3 credits in the final semester - a minimum of 6 credits)

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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Jacobs is the founding editor of the interdisciplinary, international journal Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. She has published and presented widely on the topics of ergonomics and marketing. She is the author of Ergonomics for Therapists and Occupational Therapy: Work-Related Programs and Assessments; and coeditor of Quick Reference Dictionary for Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, and AOTA’s OT Manager (5th edition); Dr. Jacobs is the past-president and vice-president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). Dr. Jacobs is a 2005 recipient of The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003, and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award from AOTA. Dr. Jacobs’ research and scholarly pursuits examine the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, she is investigating 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, the use of iPad; wearing backpack; and using telehealth technologies to deliver occupational therapy services. She is a co-PI on a 5 year NIDRR with Kent State University, JBS International, Inc., West Virginia University, and Boston University entitled, Project Career: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Post secondary Education to Employment.  Her research has been supported by grants from the Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC) and the Harvard-NIOSH Education and Research Center and gifts from Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

Recent Presentations

  • Jacobs, K. & Baker, N. (2014, April). Innovations Using Telehealth to Closing the Gap between Clinic and Workplace. ENACT’s Arthritis State of the Science meeting. Pentagon City, VA.
  • Nafai, S., Stevens-Nafai, E., & Jacobs, K. (2014, April). Exporting Health & Wellness: Bringing Occupational Therapy Education to Morocco (poster). AOTA annual conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Cason, J., Jacobs, K., & Slater, D. (2014, April). Practice and Ethical Considerations in the Application of Telehealth to Provision of Occupational Therapy Services. AOTA annual conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Jacobs, K. (2014, April). Inspiring. Pi Theta Epsilon Faculty Advisor Workshop. AOTA annual conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Jacobs, K. (2014, January). Activity and Occupation Analysis. Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists (virtual presentation) Zagreb, Croatia.
  • Jacobs, K., Doyle, N. (2013, October). Bridging Cyberspace Through e-Mentoring. OT24Vx, Boston, MA.
  • Boris, A., Jacobs, K. (2013, October). Creating Children’s Literature to Promote Occupational Therapy.  OT24Vx, Boston, MA.
  • Jacobs, K., Doyle, N. (2013, October). Bridging Cyberspace Through e-Mentoring. 2013 AOTA/NBCOT Education Summit , Atlanta, GA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, September). Commencement Address. Touro College, School of Health Sciences, Brookville, New York.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, August). Overview of Ergonomics. Building a Mosaic of Health and Well-Being with Occupational Therapy. Bled, Slovenia.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, August). Marketing & Entrepreneurship in Occupational Therapy. Building a Mosaic of Health and Well-Being with Occupational Therapy. Bled, Slovenia.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, August). PromOTing Occupational Therapy: Words, Images and Actions. Building a Mosaic of Health and Well-Being with Occupational Therapy. Bled, Slovenia.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, August). Overview of Occupational Therapy in the US. University of Santa Paula. Costa Rica.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, July). Telehealth & Ergonomics. National Science Foundation. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, July). Integrating Ergonomics into the School Environment: A Health Promotion Approach. Ministries of Health & Education. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, July). Ergonomics in School Settings. Gateway School. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, July). Child Health & Ergonomics. Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Congress 2013. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, June). PromOTe yourself: putting occupational therapy on the map. (workshop). Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, June). How to prOTect yourself: Work/Life Balance. Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel.
  • Cason, J., Richmond, T., Jacobs, K., Slater, D.Y. (2013, April). Providing OT Services via Telehealth: Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Considerations and Resources. AOTA annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Miller, L.L., Jacobs, K., & Dorsey, J. (2013, April). Recognizing and Managing Computer Vision Syndrome in the Workplace. (poster). AOTA annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Finch, D., & Jacobs, K. (2013, April). Online Education: Best Practices to Promote Learning. (poster). AOTA annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Jacobs, K., & Richmond, N.  (2013, April). Case Study: The Power of Social Media-Best Practices and Lessons Learned. (poster).AOTA annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2013, March). Work and Industry. Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, FL (virtual lecture).
  • Jacobs, K. and Doyle, N. (2013, March). Bridging cyberspace through e-mentoring. CEIT Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Healy, D. (2012, November). Bridging the great divide: Faculty-in-Residence, student success, and effective collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs. NASPA Region I Conference, Mystic, CT (video included with Jacobs, K).
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, November). How Full Is Your Backpack? Invited speaker. Paper presented virtually at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, September). How Full Is Your Backpack? Invited speaker.  Paper presented virtually at Student Occupational Therapy Association, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, August). Maintaining a Good Work Life Balance: Tips & Tricks. Paper presented at Boston University Office of Residence Life, Boston, MA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, May) Staying Healthy While Using Technology! Paper presented at Health Care for All, Boston, MA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, May) Work and Industry.  Paper presented at North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, May) PromOTing Occupational Therapy: Words, Images & Actions. Paper presented at University of New England, Portland, ME.
  • Carson, J., Hartmann, K., Jacobs, K., & Richmond, T. (2012, April). Telehealth Applications Across Occupational Therapy Practice Areas.  Paper presented at AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Grant, K., Kelly, C.& Jacobs, K. (2012, April). India: A perspective of occupational therapy’s history and promotion through an experiential learning opportunity.  Poster presented at AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, April). PromOTing Occupational Therapy: Words, Images & Actions. Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture presented at AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Burwash, S., Hamilton, A., & Jacobs, K. (2012, April). Learning with colleagues wearing pajamas.  Paper presented at AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Dorsey, J., Miller, L., & Jacobs, K. (2012, April).  Designing a Healthy Future: Occupational Therapy, Sustainability, and Ergonomics.  Paper presented at AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Doyle, N. & Jacobs, K. (2012, April) Ensuring Quality Online Instruction in Occupational Therapy (poster), AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Jacobs, K. (2012, April) How Full is Your Backpack? (keynote address). Presented at AOTA Assembly of Student Delegates meeting.  AOTA annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Miller, L., Dorsey, J., Jacobs, K.  (2012, February). The Importance of Ergonomics to Sustainability throughout a Building’s Life Cycle. Paper presented at International Ergonomics Association Congress, Receife, Brazil.
  • Meet the Editors (special session) (2012, February) International Ergonomics Association Congress, Receife, Brazil.
  • Jayaratne, K., Ciccarelli, M., & Jacobs, K. (2012, February). Interactive session on evaluating ergonomics at school classroom setting. Presented at International Ergonomics Association Congress, Receife, Brazil.
  • Jayaratne, K., Jacobs, K., & Fernando, D. (2012, February). Global Healthy Backpack Initiative.  Poster presented at International Ergonomics Association Congress, Receife, Brazil.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, November). Work & Industry. Paper presented at AOTA/NBCOT Student Conclave, Providence RI.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, July). Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics.  Paper presented at Meredith Rotary Club, Meredith, NH.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2011, May). Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics.  Presented at Brookline Rotary Club, Brookline, MA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, April).  Staying Healthy While Using New Technologies! Presented at YPO-WPO, Watertown, MA.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2011, April). How Full is Your Backpack? Paper presented via virtual presentation at University of Akureyri, Department of Occupational Therapy Akureyri, Iceland.
  • Doyle, N. & Jacobs, K. (2011, April). Ensuring Quality in the Online Environment: A Faculty and Student Perspective. Paper presented at Boston University’s Third Annual Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education Conference on Distance Education. Boston, MA.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2011, April).  Staying Healthy While Using New Technologies! Paper presented at OT Day at the Massachusetts State House. Boston, MA.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, March). Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics. Paper presented at Second Indo-US Occupational Therapy workshop. Indian Spinal Injury Center, New Dehli, India.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, March). Ergonomics.   Paper presented at Pt.DDU Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi, India.
  • Jacobs, K. (2011, February). Introduction to Ergonomics.  Paper presented via virtual presentation at University of Akureyri, Department of Occupational Therapy Akureyri, Iceland.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November).  Ergonomics and Back Pain Injury. (invited speaker). Paper presented at 30th Hong Kong Occupational Orthopedic conference. Hong Kong.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November). Ergonomics and Repetitive Strain Injury. (invited speaker). Paper presented at 30th Hong Kong Occupational Orthopedic conference. Hong Kong.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November).  Critical Factors of Return-To-Work (invited speaker). Paper presented at International Symposium on Work Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation in Guangzhou, China.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November). The Application of Ergonomics in Work Injury Rehabilitation (invited key speaker). Presented at International Symposium on Work Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation on in Guangzhou, China.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November). Ergonomic Consultation in the United States (invited speaker).  Paper presented at Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Hong Kong.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2010, November). Ergonomic Programs in the United States for Display Screen Equipment Users. (invited speaker). Paper presented at Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Hong Kong.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2010, November). Cognitive & Behavioral Demands of Work Occupational Stress. (invited speaker). Paper presented at Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association. Hong Kong.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November). Research Informing Practice: Healthy Notebook Computing. (keynote address).  Presented at 10th Annual Division of Occupational Therapy Research Symposium. University of Utah, Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, November). How Full is Your Backpack? (keynote address). Presented at Maryland Occupational Therapy Association’s 2010 conference, Timonium, MD.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2010, October). First & Goal: Teamwork. (keynote address). Paper presented at Ohio Occupational Therapy Association conference. Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Baker, N. & Jacobs, K. (2010, September). Tele-ergonomics: A Novel Approach to Computer Workstation Ergonomic Assessment and Modification. Paper presented at Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2010, September). School Ergonomics. (keynote address). Presented at Nordic Ergonomics Society 2010 conference. Stavanger, Norway.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, September). Safe Work. (panel session; 20 minutes). Presented at Nordic Ergonomics Society 2010 conference. Stavanger, Norway.
  • Jacobs, K. (2010, August). Middle School Field Study.  Paper presented at Hewlett Packard’s Tenth Ergonomics Council Meeting. Cupertino, CA.
  • Foley, G., Jacobs, K. (2010, May). College students’ notebook computer use: lessons learned using E-dairies to report musculoskeletal discomfort. Paper presented at Office for Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC) Spring 2010 meeting. Boston, MA.
  • Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Bodell, S., Hook, A., Jacobs, K. (2010, May). Using online technologies in occupational therapy practice: A participatory workshop for therapists. (100 minutes workshop) World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress, Santiago, Chile.
  • Jacobs, K.  (2010, May). Enabling notebook ergonomics: research informing practice.  Paper presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). (7 minute presentation) Congress, Santiago, Chile.
  • Jacobs, K., Hamilton, A. (2010, May). A participatory workshop on using web 2.0 technology in occupational therapy education and practice. (Tech Day session). Presented at American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Orlando, Florida.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Baker, N. & Jacobs, K. (2013). The feasibility and accuracy of using a remote method to assess computer workstations. Human Factors.
  • Baker, N., Livengood, H., Jacobs, K. (2013). Reliability and Concurrent Validity of the Computer Workstation Checklist. WORK, 213–221.
  • Cason, J., Hartmann, K., Jacobs, K., Richmond, T. (2013) AOTA Position Paper: Telehealth. American Occupational Therapy Association: Bethesda, MD.
  • Doyle, N. & Jacobs, K.  (2013). Accommodating student learning styles and preferences in an online occupational therapy course. WORK, 247–253.
  • Jacobs, K., Kaldenberg, J., Markowitz, J., Wuest, E., Hellman, M., Umez-Eronini, A., …Barr, A. (2013). An ergonomics training program for student notebook computer users: Preliminary outcomes of a six-year cohort study. WORK, 221–230.
  • Miller, L., Dorsey, J., & Jacobs, K. (2012). The importance of ergonomics to sustainability throughout a building’s life cycle. WORK, 2129-2132.
  • Jacobs, K., (2012). PromOTing occupational therapy: Words, images and actions. AJOT, 652-671.
  • Doyle, N., & Jacobs, K. (2012). Learning locally and globally: An overview of distance education in occupational therapy. IJOT, E59-E69.
  • Jacobs, K., Blanchard, B., & Baker, N. (2012) Telehealth and ergonomics: A  pilot study. Technology and Health Care. 445-458.
  • Shaw, L., Jacobs, K., Rudman, D., Magalhaes, L., Huot, S., Prodinger, B., …Suto, M. (2012). Directions for advancing the study of work transitions in the 21st century. WORK, 369-377.
  • Franco, J., Jacobs, K., Inzerillo, C. & Kluzik, J. (2012).The effect of the Nintendo Wii Fit and exercise in improving balance and quality of life in community dwelling elders. Technology and Health Care, 20, 95-115.
  • Jacobs K, Zhu L, Dawes M, Franco J, Huggins A, Igari C, …Umez-Eronini A. (2011). Wii health: a preliminary study of the health and wellness benefits of Wii Fit on university students. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(6), 262-268.
  • McKechnie, N. & Jacobs, K. (2011) Person-environment-occupation fit for the piano student. WORK, 40 (3), 303-315.
  • Jacobs, K. , Foley, G. , Punnett, L. , Hall, V. , Gore, R. , Brownson, E. , …Ing, A. (2011). University students’ notebook computer use: lessons learned using e-diaries to report musculoskeletal discomfort. Ergonomics, 54:2, 206-219.
  • Chiang, H. & Jacobs, K. (2010). Perceptions of a computer-based instruction system in special education: High school teachers’ and students’ views. WORK. 37:4, 349-359.
  • Shaw, L., Campbell, H., Jacobs, K., & Prodinger, B. (2010). Twenty years of assessment in WORK: A narrative review. WORK, 247-255.
  • Shaw, L., Jacobs, K., & Shaw, N. (2010). WORK: A historical evaluation of the impact and evolution of its editorial board. WORK, 257-267.
  • Jacobs, K., Hall, V., Brownson, E., Ansong, E., Markowitz, J., DiBiccari, L.,McKinnon, M., Steinberg, S., Ing. A., Wuest, E., Johnson, P., & Dennerlein, J. (2009). The investigation of the notebook computer experience among university students. Proceeding IEA 2009 Congress. Beijing, China. Elsevier Ltd.
  • Jacobs, K., Kaldenberg, J., Markowitz, J., Wuest, E.,  Hellman, M., Arsenault,, M., …Deng, L., Notebook computer use by middle school age students. Proceeding IEA 2009 Congress. Beijing, China. Elsevier Ltd.
  • Smith, T., Bridger, B., Fostervold, K., Jacobs, K., Lueder,, R.&   Straker, L. (2009).  The future of ergonomics in education. Proceeding IEA 2009 Congress. Beijing, China. Elsevier Ltd.
  • Chiang, H. & Jacobs, K. (2009). Effects of computer based instruction on  students’ self perception and functional task performance. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 4, 106–118.
  • Jacobs, K., Hudak, S. & McGiffert, J. (2009). Computer-related posture and musculoskeletal discomfort in middle school students. WORK. 32, 275-283.
  • Jacobs, K., Johnson, P., Dennerlein, J., Peterson, D., Kaufman, J., Gold, J., …Pencina, M., (2009). University students’ notebook computer use. Applied Ergonomics, 40, 404–409.
  • Legg, S. & Jacobs, K. (2008).  Ergonomics for Schools. WORK, 31, 489-493.
  • Jacobs, K. & Runge, K. (2007). Middle school students’ notebook computer use.  Proceedings Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference. Baltimore, MD.
  • Jacobs, K.& Runge, K. (2007). Next generation workers: Identifying and preventing self-reported musculoskeletal discomfort with notebook  computer use. Congress proceedings 2007 PREMUS Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Boissy, P., Jacobs, K. & Roy, S. (2006). Usability of a barcode scanning system  as a means of data entry on a PDA for self-report health outcome questionnaires: a pilot study in individuals over 60 years of age. BMC  Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 6(1), 42.
  • Chiang, H., Jacobs, K. & Orsmond, G. (2006). Gender-age environmental associates of middle school students’ low back pain. WORK, 26 (1), 19-28.
  • Bennett, C.L. Alexandre, M.M., & Jacobs, K. (2006). Developing hands-on ergonomics lessons for youth. In R.N. Pikaar, E.A.P. Koningsveld, P. J. M.
  • Settels (Eds.). Congress proceedings 2006 IEA Conference. The Netherlands: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Jacobs, K., Hudak, S., & McGiffert, J. (2006). Musculoskeletal Complaints by Middle School Students with Computer Use. In R.N. Pikaar, E.A.P. Koningsveld, P. J. M. Settels (Eds.), Congress proceedings 2006 IEA Conference. The Netherlands: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Chiang, H. & Jacobs, K., (2006). Effect of Computer-Based Instruction on Students’ Functional Task Performance In R.N. Pikaar, E.A.P. Koningsveld & P. J. M. Settels (Eds.), Proceeding IEA 2006 Congress. Maastricht, the Netherlands: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Hamilton, A., Jacobs, K. & Orsmond, G. (2005). The prevalence of computer-related musculoskeletal complaints in female college students.  WORK, 24(4), 387-394.
  • Lockhart, R., Jacobs, K. & Orsmond, G. (2004). Middle school children’s participation in activities and the effects of pain from backpack use on participation. WORK, 22(3), 155-168.

Books

  • Jacobs, K., MacRae, N. & Slaydk, K., (Eds.) (2014). Occupational therapy  essentials for clinical competency. (2nd Edition).Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • Bastable, S., Gramet, P, Jacobs, K., & Sopczyk, D. (2012). Health Professional as Educator: Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Jacobs, K. & McCormack, G. (Eds.). (2011). The Occupational Therapy Manager (5th Edition). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Slaydk, K., Jacobs, K., & MacRae, N. (Eds.) (2010). Occupational therapy essentials for clinical competency. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • Jacobs, K. & Jacobs, L. (Eds.). (2009). Quick Reference Dictionary. (5th Edition). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.
  • Jacobs, K. (Ed.). (2008). Ergonomics for Therapists. (3rd Edition). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
  • Jacobs, K. & Jacobs, L. (Eds.). (2004). Quick Reference Dictionary. (4th Edition).  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, Inc.

Chapters in Books

  • Jacobs, K. & MacRae, N. (2013). Mentoring Others in Their Development as Writers. In R. Whitney & C. Davis (Eds.). A Writer’s Toolkit for Occupational Therapy and Health Care Professionals: An Insider’s Guide  to Writing, Communicating, and Getting Published.  Bethesda, MD: AOTA     Press.
  • Baker N, Jacobs K.  (2013). Tele-ergonomics.  In S. Kumar & E. Cohn, (Eds.). Telerehabilitation. New York, NY: Spring-Verlag London. 163-174.
  • Sopczyk, P, Doyle, N. & Jacobs, K. (2012). Technology in Education. In S. Bastable, P. Gramet, K. Jacobs & P. Sopczyk. (Eds.) Health Professional  as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Jacobs, K., (2010). Evolution of Occupational therapy delivery systems: the medical model and beyond. In K. Jacobs& G. McCormack, (Eds.). The Occupational Therapy Manager (5th Edition). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
  • Jacobs, K. (2009). Professional presentations and publications. In Creapeau, E., Cohn, E. & Boyt Schell, B. (eds.). Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th edition) (pp. 411-417). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincot Williams& Wilkins.
  • Bar-Haim Erez, A., Shenkar, O., Jacobs, K. & Gillespie, R. (2008). Ergonomics for children and youth in the educational environment. In K. Jacobs (ed.) Ergonomics for Therapists. (3rd Edition). (pp. 246-264). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
  • Miller, D. & Jacobs, K. (2008). Economics and marketing of ergonomics services. In K. Jacobs (ed.) Ergonomics for Therapists. (3rd Edition). (pp. 361-374). St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.
  • Jacobs, K., Lockhart, R., Chiang, H-Y & O’Hara, M. (2008). Bookbags for children. In R. Lueder & V. Rice (Eds). Ergonomics for children…Designing products & places for toddlers to teens. London, UK & New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.
  • Jacobs, K. (2005). Posture checklist using personal digital assistant (PDA) technology. In N. Stanton, A. Hedge, K. Brookhuis, E. Salas & H. Hendrick (Eds.), Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods. (pp. 10-1  – 10-5). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Professional Activities

International Appointments

  • 2010-2012: Chairperson, Science, Technology, and Practice, International Ergonomics Association (IEA)
  • 2007-2012: Chairperson, Ergonomics for Children and Educational Environments (ECEE) Technical Committee of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA)

National Appointments or Elected Positions

  • 1994-1997:  Vice-President, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 1997-1998:  President-Elect, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 1998-2001: President, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 2008-2013: Program Chair, Environmental Design (ED) Technical Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • 2013-2015:  Chair, Environmental Design (ED) Technical Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

State Appointments or Elected Positions (Massachusetts)

  • 1983-1993, 1995-1998, 2002-2013:  Chairperson/co-chairperson, Annual Conference, MAOT
  • 1984-1989: President, Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy
  • 1985-1987:  Chairperson, Public Relations, MAOT

Recent Grant Activity

  • Co-PI on a 5 year NIDRR with Kent State University, JBS International, Inc., West Virginia University, and Boston University entitled, Project Career: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Post-secondary Education to Employment.
  • Inculcating ergonomics into Sri Lankan setting. National Science Foundation International Partnerships for Science and Technology (IPSAT) Resource Person Award Promoting international research collaborations, technology transfer, and at obtaining expertise towards developing a globally-engaged research and scientific community in Sri Lanka, collaborator Dr. Kapila Jayaratne, 5/13.
  • Arts Grant, Boston University Arts Initiative, Office of the Provost, 6/13.
  • A pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of the Telerehabilitation Computer Ergonomics System (tele-CES) in addressing computer use problems.
  • Boston University, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Dudley Allen Sargent Research Fund, 5/10.
  • University students’ notebook computer use. Harvard-NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) 7/09.
  • Middle Schools Students and their Notebook Computer Use. Microsoft. 9/12/08.
  • University Students and their Computer Use: An Inquiry-Based Learning Experience. Boston University Sargent College Matching Funds. 3/08.
  • University Students and their Computer Use: An Inquiry-Based Learning Experience. GUTS program (Grants for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarship; Boston University). 2/08.
  • University Students and their Notebook Computer Use: Phase II. The Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC). 9/07.
  • University Students’ Notebook Computer Use.The Office Ergonomics Research Committee (OERC). 1/07.

Awards and Honors

  • Service Commendation 2014 Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Reform, 2011-2013, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Distinguished Leadership Award 2013 Touro College School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Programs
  • Service Commendation: 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Honorary Scarlett Key: 2012 Boston University
  • Faculty-in-Residence Award: 2012 Boston University Office of Residence Life
  • Alumni Award: 2012 Boston University Department of OT
  • Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award: 2011 American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Award of Merit: 2009 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • Twiness Award: 2009 Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Alumni Board
  • AOTA Service Commendation: 2008 American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Keeper of the Flame Award: 2007 National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Yu Wing Distinguished Scholar: 2006 Awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Excellence in Advising: 2006 & 2007 Boston University Student Activities
  • The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship: 2005 Grant awarded in the bi-national program of educational exchanges between the United States and Iceland.
  • Herbert J. Hall Award: 2004 Awarded by the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy in recognition of professional contribution to occupational therapy.
  • Certificate of Appreciation: 2003 Salem State College
  • Award of Merit: 2003 Awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in recognition of extraordinary leadership in marketing, ergonomics, work, and management.
  • Board of Directors Award: 2003 Awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of extraordinary service and outstanding  advocacy in advancing the interests of occupational therapy among various publics.
  • Letter of Appreciation: 2002 Awarded by New England Occupational Therapy Education Council as a significant contributor to the occupational therapy clinical education process.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters: 2001 Awarded by Bay Path College Longmeadow, Massachusetts for exemplary leadership skills.
  • Doctor of Science (honorary degree): 2000 Awarded by the University of Indianapolis in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of occupational therapy and for the development and promotion of the field to multiple external audiences.
  • Special Award, Department of  Occupational Therapy: 2000 Awarded by the faculty of the New York Institute of Technology for an outstanding professional role model.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service: 1998 Awarded by the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy.
  • Recognition of Achievement  Award, American Occupational  Therapy Association:  1997 Awarded for distinguished national and international leadership in work-related practice.
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, honorary member: 1996
  • Service Award, AOTA: 1993, 1994, 1997, & 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy: 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 & 2005
  • Fellow, AOTA:  1988 Awarded this recognition for  outstanding contributions to the profession.

Credentials and Licensed

  • Registered Occupational Therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) by the Board for Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE)
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, State of New Hampshire
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist; State of Maine
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist; State of Connecticut