Barry J. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the author of the book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers — Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006). As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illness.
As an educator, he works as the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa. He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association.
A former journalist, he writes an advice column for Take Care!, the newsletter of the National Family Caregivers Association and was the longtime editor of the "In Sickness & Health" column for the American Psychological Association's journal Families, Systems & Health. He is on the board of directors of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to the integration of physical and mental health care, and co-edits the Growing MedFT blog for its Medical Family Therapy Work Group.
He is also an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association, an organization devoted to caregivers of a chronically ill or disabled spouse or partner. Jacobs received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University. He lives with his wife and two children in Swarthmore, Pa.
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