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Sue Jacobs

Sue Jacobs

School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Prof/Ld Lem/Enwd Ch

Phone: 405-744-9441
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Sue C. Jacobs is the Myron Ledbetter and Bob Lemon Counseling Psychology Diversity Professor and Professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology (SAHEP). She came to OSU in 2001 as SAHEP Head from the University of North Dakota. She is also an affiliate faculty in the MPH program, women and gender studies, international studies, and previously in gerontology. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, did her pre-doctoral psychology internship in Interdisciplinary Team Training in Geriatrics at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, and post-doctoral work in Behavioral Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she later worked as a scientist and psychologist at Mind-Body Medical Institute. She is a licensed psychologist, an American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow, and has served in a number of U.S. professional associations, including service on the APA Ethics Committee. Most recently (August, 2015) she received APA?s Society of Counseling Psychology Elder Recognition Award, presented to senior colleagues whose excellence in scholarship, practice, and leadership has positively influenced the field. She has over 60 scientific publications, 135 US or international professional presentation and 130 state or local presentations. Her interests include ethics and professional issues, older adults, successful aging, diversity, bullying, social justice, stress, public health, difficult dialogues, disaster response, anger, relaxation response and mindfulness, other mind-body interventions. At OSU, she has served on a number of program school, college and university committee, She also founded and co-directs the OSU Preparing Future Faculty in Psychology Program, co-directs the Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology, and is team leader of the OSU Difficult Dialogues Program. She also organized and led student trips to India with a focus on Global Sustainability and looks forward to more.


Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Ethics,Professional Issues, Multicultural Competencies and Diversity in research and therapy, social justice, stress, anger, mindfulness and relaxation response, bullying, disaster response, special populations,rural, LGBTQ, older adults, healthy and successful aging, people with chronic illness, difficult dialogues