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Lisa Jacobson

Departmental Affiliations

General Epidemiology and Methodology

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E7646

Research Interests

Epidemiology; epidemiologic methods; cohort studies; collaborative cohort design; HIV; cancer; child health; data harmonization; OpenCourseWare
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Jacobson's research interests include epidemiologic methods in cohort studies, and in data analysis/coordinating centers. Specifically, Dr. Jacobson's research has encompassed HIV, effects of therapy on HIV, and infectious causes of cancer, particularly the human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) and Kaposi's sarcoma, and the effects of HIV, therapy and age. More recently, she is examining solution-oriented research on child health, specifically in the areas of pre-, peri- and postnatal outcomes, neurodevelopment, obesity, airways and positive health. Dr. Jacobson is one of the multi-PI for the Environmental influences of Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Data Analysis Center. In this role, she provides epidemiologic expertise in the conduct of the study, with particular attention to the standardization of study protocol, analyses and dissemination of findings.

In various collaborations across the institution, Dr. Jacobson provides guidance on efficient study design for collecting valid and reliable data. Taking advantage of her expertise in epidemiologic methods, Dr. Jacobson instructs doctoral students in the application of these methods in the formation and review of research proposals.
Honors & Awards
Richard L. Gelb Fellowship in Cancer Prevention

Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Select Publications
The following publications were selected to reflect the various study designs, use of biomarkers, and collaborations. It is only a sample of hundreds of collaborative publications co-authored by Dr. Jacobson.
  • Jacobson LP, Li R, Phair J, Margolick JB, Rinaldo CR, Detels R, Muñoz A. Evaluation of the effectiveness of highly active antiretroviral therapy in persons with human immunodeficiency virus using biomarker-based equivalence of disease progression. Am J Epidemiol 2002;155:760-770.
  • Egner PA, Wang JB, Zhu YR, Zhang BC, Wu Y, Zhang QN, Qian GS, Kuang SY, Gange SJ, Jacobson LP, Helzlsouer KJ, Bailey GS, Groopman JD, Kensler TW. Chlorophyllin intervention reduces aflatoxin-DNA adducts in individuals at high risk for liver cancer. PNAS 2001;98:14601-6.
  • Knapp EA, Dong Y, Dunlop AL, Aschner JL, Stanford JB, Hartert T, Teitelbaum SL, Hudak ML, Carroll K, O'Connor TG, McEvoy CT, O'Shea TM, Carnell S, Karagas MR, Herbstman JB, Dabelea D, Ganiban JM, Ferrara A, Hedderson M, Bekelman TA, Rundle AG, Alshawabkeh A, Gilbert-Diamond D, Fry RC, Chen Z, Gilliland FD, Wright RJ, Camargo CA, Jacobson L, Lester BM, Hockett CW, Hodges ML, Chandran A. Changes in BMI During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2022 Sep 1;150(3). doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-056552. PubMed PMID: 35768891; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9444980
  • Jacobson LP, Lau B, Catellier D, Parker CB. An Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes viewpoint of data analysis centers for collaborative study designs. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2018 Apr;30(2):269-275. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000602. Review. PubMed PMID: 29474274; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5877813
  • Lesko CR, Jacobson LP, Althoff KN, Abraham AG, Gange SJ, Moore RD, Modur S, Lau B. Collaborative, pooled and harmonized study designs for epidemiologic research: challenges and opportunities. Int J Epidemiol. 2018 Apr 1;47(2):654-668. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx283. PubMed PMID: 29438495; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5913631
Novel approaches to characterize depressive symptoms and cognitive outcomes
Liver Cancer, HBV and Aflatoxin
Vitamin D Deficiency, Inflammation and Age-related disease in HIV-Infected Men
Assessing Economic Burden among MSM in the MACS